Franklin Mayor Barnett to receive ceremonial $601,275 check on June 7

Around the Region
| Wednesday, June 05 | 1:31PM

Safety enhancements at intersections expected to reduce emergency response times

Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Anna Gremling will deliver an oversized check representing $601,275 in federal funds to Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett at 10 a.m., June 7 at Fire Station 22, 1800 Thornburg Lane, in Franklin to help pay for safety enhancements.

The safety enhancements will consist of adding GPS-enabled equipment to all intersections with traffic lights in the city of Franklin, is expected to reduce emergency response times by an average of 20%. Funding for the project will be available in State Fiscal Year 2024.

As part of an annual funding process, Franklin 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 Franklin’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.”

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

Construction will begin in 2024. The total project cost is $ $668,080, with 80 percent – $601,275 – of it coming from federal funding through the Metropolitan Planning Organization.