Baird: Over $300,000 to fuel local road projects

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, October 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Putnam County communities were recently awarded over $300,000 in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle).

Nearly $100 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which is now in its fourth year. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law passed in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“There’s a reason why Indiana is ranked as one of the top states for infrastructure,” Baird said. “We have made an unprecedented effort to ensure our roads and bridges are safe and convenient for Hoosiers and those traveling through our state.”

Putnam County communities awarded grants include $90,373 for Fillmore and $210,435 for Roachdale.

Grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.

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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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