Cook: State awards Tipton nearly $1 million to boost road projects

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, April 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2020) – The city of Tipton was recently awarded nearly $1 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

Over 200 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of $126.5 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law passed in 2017.

"This matching grant program is a tremendous investment in our local infrastructure, and gives communities the opportunity to make necessary road improvements," Cook said. "Whether it is driving to go to work or running daily errands, our roadways connect Hoosiers to their jobs, schools and other cities and towns across our state."

Cook 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.

In total, more than $738 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. 

An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply for these grants during the July 2020 call for projects. More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32,

which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton,

Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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