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INDOT Awarded $102 Million Dollars in Federal Funding

The harsh winter we experienced has caused a lot of damage, from cracked sidewalks, and crumbling bridges, to potholes and worn out road signs and we now have good news.
"That is a lot of money that communities all over that have projects can upgrade and make their communities so much better."
The harsh winter we experienced has caused a lot of damage, from cracked sidewalks, and crumbling bridges, to potholes and worn out road signs and we now have good news.

The Indiana Department of Transportation was awarded $102 million dollars in federal funding to cities, towns, and counties in Indiana.  WFFT's Tara Petitt has a breakdown of where that cash will be spent.

$102 million dollars in federal funding that's what's heading to the Hoosier State.  $17.7 millions dollars of that cash will fund projects right here in Northeast Indiana.

25 cities and counties in our area applied for the federal funding and 13 of the projects were approved.

Officials with cities and counties who were awarded the cash are now responsible for matching 20% of the costs for the project. 

Cities and counties receiving federal funding in our area include Albion, Grant County, Allen County, Warsaw, Steuben County, Noble County, Elkhart County, Converse, Garrett, Butler, South Whitley, and Sweetser.

Projects include road and bridge construction and extensions, bicycle and pedestrian projects, and safety projects.

Toni Mayo is the Communications Director for INDOT of Fort Wayne and says, "That is a lot of money that communities all over that have projects can upgrade and make their communities so much better."

Mayo says funding will especially benefit the smaller towns and cities.

"Little towns like Converse, to have that kind of gift come to their town, I mean it probably just wouldn't happen."

Garrett, and Butler Indiana will use their funding to provide safe routes to school.

"The need was very evident that the city needed new sidewalks that needed repaired."

Garrett is receiving $688 thousand dollars to replace, improve, and develop new sidewalks.

"I believe from school age children to senior citizens, it's an issue as far as trying to live a healthy lifestyle but not having safe sidewalks.  Unfortunately, some people with strollers or walkers actually walk in the street."

Garrett Mayor Tonya Hoeffel says because of this federal funding, their project can be completed on a larger scale.

"So rather than just doing a few yards to a few hundred yards, we'll be able to do miles!"

It will take 4 years for all projects to come to fruition.  The project constructions will being in 2018.
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