Bartels: Over $1.9M to fuel local road projects

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, October 11, 2019 12:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded $1.9 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty).

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, and funded through the state budget.

“As the Crossroads of America, Indiana’s roads and bridges are a vital part of our local community and our state’s economy,” Bartels said. “This investment into our area’s infrastructure will boost growth, bring new visitors and cement our community’s reputation as a tourism hub and great place to live and do business.”

As part of the program, Crawford County received $340,500 and Perry County received $257,719 for local road projects. In addition, several communities in the area were awarded grants, including:

  • Cannelton, $137,175;
  • English, $69,397;
  • Huntingburg, $134,899;
  • Leavenworth, $168,810;
  • Santa Claus, $131,070;
  • Tell City, $117,282; and
  • West Baden Springs, $638,795.

Bartels said 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. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,  
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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