City seeks more road funds: Federal dollars not finding their way back to Greenwood, officials say

Johnson County pulls in less federal road funding than other central Indiana counties, but Greenwood’s mayor hopes to bring in more of that money.

During the past decade, Greenwood has gotten less in federal road money than Carmel, Plainfield or Avon, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. Greenwood and other Johnson County governments have gotten about $38 million overall, while Carmel and other Hamilton County governments have received more than $67

million during the same period.

Avon, which has a smaller population than Greenwood, got about $5 million more than Greenwood over the past decade.

Mayor Mark Myers said he hopes to bring a greater share of those federal dollars into Greenwood for major road projects such as the planned transformation of Worthsville Road into an east-west corridor. He said he’ll try to persuade planning organization members that Greenwood is a fast-growing community that has a need for those dollars.

“We’ll let them know who we are, what options we have and that we’re a growing, thriving community,” he said.

The planning agency awarded Greenwood about $11 million in federal funds over the past decade, such as for the pedestrian bridge over Smith Valley Road and the expansion of Emerson Avenue to five lanes. Greenwood typically has to pay 20 percent of a project’s cost with local tax dollars in order to get the federal money.

Much of the money is awarded through the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, a regional agency that decides how federal dollars are divvied up to build new roads and trails throughout central Indiana.

Communities across the nine-county area have representatives on the board that picks which projects best meet the criteria for federal funding, such as how much congestion would be lessened if a road were widened.

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