Bartholomew County lawmakers: State awards over $1.9M to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, May 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $1.9 million in state matching grants for local road and bridge improvements, according to Bartholomew County legislators.

"Indiana is in a strong financial position where we can continue investing in essential, local infrastructure projects," said State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus). "This grant program helps us maintain safe and functional roads and bridges in our communities, and live up to our motto as the Crossroads of America."

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017 through laws supported by State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville). The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

"This funding ensures even the most rural areas of the state can invest in their infrastructure," Eberhart said. "Road maintenance is costly, and these grants help our communities move ahead on projects that are important for local growth and economic development."

He said Bartholomew County received $990,928 for local road and bridge projects. In addition, the following communities were awarded a grant:

  • Columbus $689,351;
  • Clifford $182,372; and
  • Elizabethtown $77,969. 

According to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), who also supported legislation creating and expanding the program, communities can use funds for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match. 

"These grants help us make strong investments in local infrastructure, which is key to keeping and attracting businesses and jobs to our communities," Lucas said. "These dollars will be put toward keeping our roads safe while also making us more appealing to job creators and visitors."

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.

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State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.
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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,
which includes portions of Bartholomew County.
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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69,
which includes portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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