Clay County communities awarded over $405K for road projects

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 15, 2020) – Local communities recently received more than $405,000 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to Clay County lawmakers.  

Over 240 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of more than $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which was created through a 2016 law supported by State Reps. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) and Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute). Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

"Keeping our communities connected and thriving requires well-maintained infrastructure," Morrison said. "This ongoing commitment to cities and towns, of all sizes, helps ensure Indiana is positioned for continued growth."

The following local communities received matching grants for road and bridge projects:

  • Carbon $71,848;
  • Harmony $126,209; and
  • Knightsville $207,746.

Heaton said this funding can be used 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.

"Preserving our roads and bridges is important to carry on Indiana's reputation as the Crossroads of America," Heaton said. "Because of the substantial costs involved, many local towns and counties could fall behind on critical projects without the support of this state program."

In total, State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) said more than $830 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

"Infrastructure maintenance and improvements can often consume a large portion of local budgets," Baird said. "With this partnership, we're able to fund critical repairs and development throughout our area, without communities having to choose between road projects and covering other public services."

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

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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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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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