Beech Grove mayor to receive ceremonial $1 million check for new roundabout

Around the Region
| Tuesday, June 11 | 9:48AM

Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Anna Gremling will deliver an oversized check representing $1,053,000 in federal funds to Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley on June 13 at 11 a.m. at the southeast corner of Churchman and Perkins avenues, to help pay for a new roundabout. The funding will be available in 2024.

As part of an annual funding process, Beech Grove planners submitted projects for consideration by the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for planning and programming federal transportation funds in the eight-county Central Indiana region. Projects are judged based on such criteria as impacts to air quality, improvements to congestion, safety, pavement quality and more.

“It’s always a very competitive process with nearly 70 applications this year from 18 municipalities, but Beech Grove’s project was among those that rose to the top,” Gremling said. “Building and maintaining infrastructure is one of local governments’ biggest challenges, and one of the ways they make a critical contribution to regional and state economies.”

Beech Grove was one of 11 communities and agencies in the region selected to receive federal funds.

The total project cost is $1,170,000, with 80 percent – $1,053,000 – of it coming from federal funding through the Metropolitan Planning Organization.