Allen County lawmakers encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, October 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2020) – Allen County State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) encourage local communities to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Carbaugh said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Fort Wayne boasts more than 150 trucking and logistics companies, along with easy access to the I-80/90 corridor via I-69," Carbaugh said. "We are a logistics hub that's located within only a few hours of several major metropolitan areas. Allen County and Fort Wayne have made good use of these grants in the past, but many of our bridges and roads still remain in need of repair."

According to Heine, Hoosier communities are eligible for a state match up to $1 million annually and the Indiana Department of Transportation opens applications twice a year. Due to COVID-19, this year’s second round of calls for projects was postponed in July, but Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced that the matching grant program will resume and the new application deadline is Oct. 23.

"Since this program's inception, we've been able to make great strides in improving infrastructure all across the state, especially in our rural areas," Heine said. "That's good news farmers and other ag-related businesses who really rely on our roads for their operations. This program ensures our towns and rural areas are not left behind, with at least half of the grant money having to go to smaller communities each year."

Under state law, 50 percent of available matching funds must be awarded to communities with a population of 50,000 or fewer. Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents and cities and towns with less than 10,000 residents contribute 25% of the matching funds, with larger communities contributing 50%. To be eligible, all local units of government must have an approved Asset Management Plan and provide a funding match.

Since the program's inception, $739 million has been awarded to support Hoosier communities and infrastructure projects around the state. Local governments can apply for the program online at in.gov/indot/4013.htm, with forms due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 23.  

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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 81, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 85, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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