The federal government plans to give Indiana up to $177 million over the next five years to make its transportation infrastructure resistant to flooding and extreme heat.
This is part of over $7 billion nationwide effort to improve roads, bridges, ports, routes for cyclists and pedestrians and other means of transport.
More than 5,000 miles of freeway and more than 1,000 bridges in Indiana are in ‘poor’ condition according to the US Department of Transportation.
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The agency said Federal Infrastructure Act funding can be used to adapt existing transportation infrastructure or build new one, including building networks in underserved and underrepresented communities.
It can also be used for green infrastructure – like rain gardens – to reduce flooding and protect aquatic life in nearby waterways.