Cherry: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:16 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).

This year, Cherry supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.

“This grant money will go a long way to improve and maintain our local infrastructure. Hoosier roadways were one of the main topics discussed during the 2016 legislative session. The Community Crossings program is a great first step, as we continue to find ways to create a sustainable, long-term plan to preserve our roads and bridges,” Cherry said.

As part of the program, both Hancock and Madison counties each received $1 million for road and bridge improvements. 

In addition, seven local communities were awarded grants, including Alexandria ($229,083), Anderson ($1 million), Fortville ($254,988), Greenfield ($982,912), Ingalls ($146,845), McCordsville ($248,535) and Pendleton ($122,500). 

On Monday, INDOT announced 102 Central Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $47 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, resurfacing, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.

A complete list of Central Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/3569.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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Rep. Cherry represents portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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