Above: Evans Street was one of the first streets in The City of Shelbyville to be funded through the Community Crossing Initiative. The re-construction of this street improved traffic and pedestrian safety by widening the driving lanes, and installing a sidewalk along the street. The image above shows the street while it was under construction in 2018. Source: City of Shelbyville
Left: Ribbon Cutting for Evans Street Reconstruction Project in 2018. This project was funded through the Community Crossings Initiative. Shown (from left to right) Matt House, City Engineer; David Finkle, Board of Works Member; Michael Crider, State Senator; Trent Meltzer, City Attorney; Derrick Byers, MS4 Director; Jean Leising, State Senator; Sean Eberhart, State Representative; Travis Atwood, Atwood Construction; Mayor Thomas DeBaun; Rick Witcliff, City Street Department. Source: John Walker/Shelbyville News
Governor Holcomb and INDOT Award “Community Crossings” Funds To City of Shelbyville For More Street Improvements
Earlier this week, Shelbyville was awarded another $1 Million in road funding through the state’s “Community Crossings” program. These funds will help to further accelerate efforts to improve the road networks in Shelbyville, funding an additional 48 resurfacing projects, a 2-block reconstruction project, and another 2 blocks of partial road reconstruction for the next year. Since the “Community Crossings” program was established in 2017, the City has been awarded $3 Million dollars in additional road funding, which has completed much needed maintenance and repair work on numerous local roads.
Mayor Thomas DeBaun was quoted saying, “We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the state general assembly, INDOT, and Governor Holcomb to make more funding available to local communities so that we can re-invest in our infrastructure. Investing in preventative maintenance in our roads today, means that our infrastructure lasts longer and performs better over it’s lifespan.”
In 2019 and 2020, over 60 projects will be completed due to the Community Crossings Initiative funding made available through the State of Indiana. A map showing all of these project locations has been made available.
“The Community Crossings Program has allowed us to make numerous large investments in infrastructure in Shelbyville the last few years. Over 60 roads projects are being funded in 2019 and 2020, a task that would not have been possible before,” City Engineer Matt House said. “The grant program, along with an increase in local funding from the City Council, has allowed us to more than triple the amount of work yearly that we were doing prior to 2017.”
Below is the press release from Governor Holcomb’s office announcing all of the communities that were awarded funding through the Community Crossings Initiative:
Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation award $115 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative
About Next Level Roads
Next Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $30 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at in.gov/indot.
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