INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Monday that $100.8 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 54 cities, towns and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects.

Combined with local funds, approximately $124.9 million is being invested in infrastructure in communities receiving funds, according to a news release from INDOT Monday.

Types of projects receiving funds include 32 bridge rehabilitation/replacement projects; 11 resurfacing/reconstruction projects; six Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects that include work such as sidewalks, ADA ramps and trails; and five traffic safety projects.

“Local transportation improvements are critical to growing and enhancing Indiana's communities,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said in the release. “Our sustained commitment to modernizing local roads and bridges, adding sidewalks and growing our trail networks sends a clear message that we’re building cities, towns and counties that are primed to attract and retain talent and spur job growth in the 21st century economy.”

Local communities receiving funds, according to the release, include: Bourbon, $209,898.62; Fulton County, $198,900; Kosciusko County, $496,802.25; Marshall County, $20,250; Milford, $232,875.18; Syracuse, $343,875; and Wabash County, $137,263.20.

A list of all communities receiving funds can be found online at http://www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.

For this latest round of funding, rural communities will design, develop and purchase land for projects that would be bid during the fiscal year beginning July 2025. While the funds awarded now are dedicated to construction, INDOT will be financially participating in design, engineering and right-of-way acquisition components of these projects, according to the release.

INDOT dedicates approximately 25% of its federal highway funds to supporting local projects each year. Metropolitan Planning Organizations distribute those funds to cities, towns and counties within the state’s larger urbanized areas while INDOT distributes funds outside MPO areas. Communities must pay at least 20% in local matching funds and meet other federal requirements to receive federal funding.

Rural communities were invited to submit project applications to INDOT for potential funding during a call for projects announced in October.