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USDOT Awards INDOT $27.5 Million for I-70 and U.S. 36 Improvements

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation received two Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants totaling $27.5 million, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced late yesterday.

INDOT was awarded one $22.5 million grant to add travel lanes and make pavement and safety improvements on I-70 in Hancock County, between Mount Comfort and Greenfield. The project will improve nearly ten miles of pavement and bring safety benefits by reconfiguring lanes at the Mount Comfort interchange. Work on the segment could begin in late 2021 or early 2022.

“Indiana is a leader in manufacturing, freight and logistics, and our world-class transportation network is crucial to that success,” Governor Eric J. 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.”

The agency also received a $5 million grant to enhance safety and traffic flow on U.S. 36 (Rockville Rd.) in the town of Avon. The project calls for adding travel lanes in both directions and eliminating conflict points by converting a two way left turn lane to a raised median and reconfiguring access. Traffic signal modernization and synchonization will be included in the work along with bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure enhancements.  Work is slated to begin by mid-2021.

“Over the last four years, Governor Holcomb has led historic investment in Indiana’s transportation system from our interstates to Main Street” Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness said. “Indiana’s strong fiscal position has empowered us to improve roads and bridges like never before, make safety improvements and enhance traffic flow all across the state. This funding award from our federal partners allow us to do even more. I want to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for partnering with us to enhance our transportation network.”

More information about BUILD grants is online at https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/about.

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