Inside INdiana Business

INDOT awarded millions in grants

"Road construction ahead" sign. (WISH Photo, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Department of Transportation has received two Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The more than $27.5 million will be used for improvements to I-70 in Hancock County and U.S. 36 in Avon.

The I-70 grant will allow for crews to add travel lanes and make pavement improvements between Mount Comfort and Greenfield. The work is expected to improve about ten miles of road and reconfigure lanes at the Mount Comfort interchange. INDOT says work on the section of interstate could begin late next year or by early 2022.

“Indiana is a leader in manufacturing, freight and logistics, and our world-class transportation network is crucial to that success,” Governor Eric Holcomb said. “Enhancing traffic flow and safety on our busiest highways ensures we continue to offer the transportation infrastructure needed to attract jobs and talent. I want to thank Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for partnering with Indiana to invest in our infrastructure and our Indiana congressional delegation for supporting these efforts.”

INDOT also received a $5 million grant to improve safety and traffic flow on U.S. 36 in Avon, by adding travel lanes in both directions and converting a two-way left turn to a raised median and changing access points. Plans also call for modernized traffic signals and synchronization. Work on U.S. 36 is expected to start by mid-2021. 

You can learn more about the BUILD grants by clicking here