Seymour to apply for road funding early next year


Seymour was not among the 283 Hoosier communities to receive road funding from the state’s latest round of Community Crossings grants.

Neither was Jackson County.

The state announced the list of recipients Wednesday, and the news came as a surprise to local officials. Seymour has been awarded $960,000 from the grant program since it started in 2016.

City engineer Nathan Frey said he spoke with a representative from the Indiana Department of Transportation the week before the grants were distributed.

“I was made aware we were not going to receive funding in this round,” Frey said.

But it wasn’t because the city had done something wrong in its application.

“There were just way more needs statewide than there was funding for,” Frey said.

More than 400 communities applied, making this year’s call for projects highly competitive.

The state awarded a total of $100 million to cities, towns and counties this time around for infrastructure improvement and maintenance for local roads, sidewalks and bridges.

One of those communities was Crothersville, which received $217,480.80.

Applicants are required to provide matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities and 25 percent for smaller ones, in order to be eligible for the grants.

Frey said the good news is Seymour can reapply in early 2019 since the state has decided to offer two calls for projects, one in January and the other in July.

Seymour has been using the Community Crossings program to maintain existing roads, Frey said.

The list of projects Seymour was planning to do with the funding included .70 miles of concrete road replacement and 5 miles of asphalt resurfacing.

“The list of roads that we were planning for next year will still get paved next year assuming we are successful at securing funding in the spring,” Frey said. “Otherwise, we will lose a year of paving.”

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