The Indiana Department of Transportation is set to accept applications for federal funding towards road projects.

Starting on April 14th, the agency says cities, towns, and counties will be able to apply for about 86 million dollars of federal money to be used on road work. This funding is set to go towards road projects that would be bid out starting in July of 2017.

The funding is broken down into 2 categories. These are 73 million dollars set aside for bridge, road, and safety projects that communities can apply for. The remaining 13 million dollars can be sought for transportation alternatives such as non-motorized trails and Safe Route to School projects.

INDOT takes 25 percent of the money appropriated by Congress every year and uses it towards larger road projects. Communities usually pay 20 percent in local matching funds in order to get federal funds.

Applications have to be submitted by an employee classified as an “Employee in Responsible Charge.” They also must be submitted online at in.gov/indot. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Monday May 12th. Funding awards will be announced sometime on or before June 16th.

Now INDOT awarded 86 million dollars of federal funds to local projects back in early February. Those projects included signage projects in Huntingburg, the Odon-Cannelburg Road project in Daviess County, three bridges in Pike County, and a trail project for Santa Claus in Spencer County. These projects would be bid out beginning in July of 2016.