$13.4 million stimulus package will expedite some Central Indiana projects

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| Wednesday, June 02 | 11:45AM

June 2, 2021

$13.4 million stimulus package will expedite some Central Indiana projects

An allocation of $13,398,652 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (IMPO) means some Central Indiana transportation-related projects will be completed sooner than expected.

The Indianapolis Transportation Policy Committee today authorized the IMPO to use the additional allocation from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to expedite projects that are programmed for letting in State Fiscal Year 2022 as part of the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

“The stimulus funds will allow three to five already-programmed projects in Central Indiana to be completed sooner,” said Anna Gremling, executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. “The specific number of projects won’t be finalized until bids are accepted and costs determined. We’ll work with local governments and agencies to ensure the funding is used as efficiently as possible in order to get the most out of it.”

The IMPO will work with local jurisdictions to mutually identify the projects are ready to move forward. There are a variety of considerations that go into a project’s readiness, including right of way and utility coordination.

“We meet with communities on every project we fund quarterly to touch base on where they are in the process, so it’s an ongoing discussion,” said Gremling.

About the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization

The IMPO plans and programs federal transportation funds for highways, transit, non-motorized transportation, and other means of moving people and goods in the eight-county, Central Indiana region.