Today, Senator Joe Donnelly announced a federal grant awarded to the Indiana Department of Transportation for an infrastructure project critical to community transportation in Greene County.
Awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant, allows Indiana's DOT the opportunity to replace the White River Freight Railroad Bridge, which is 110 years old, with a new bridge structure. This $8.2 million project will improve freight transportation in Greene County by supporting industry weight standards for railcars and will remove the current clearance restrictions set by the current bridge. Senator Donnelly wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation supporting this project.
"Hoosier businesses and businesses around the country rely on our state's efficient infrastructure so that their products are delivered on time and production can be at its peak," Senator Joe Donnelly said. "This grant provided by the Department of Transportation will help the local economy and will allow businesses to more efficiently transport goods in and through Greene County."
The TIGER Discretionary Grant Program is a highly competitive process and receives interest from applicants across the country. For FY 2012, the DOT awarded 46 projects to 33 states and Puerto Rico, and each selected project is multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional, or otherwise challenging to fund through existing programs. For more information about the TIGER program, please go to www.dot.gov/tiger.