Daviess County lawmakers announce over $1.4 million to boost local road projects

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, April 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2020) – According to Southern Indiana legislators, local communities were recently awarded over $1.4 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

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 State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) supported in 2017.

"These grants will be a tremendous help to Daviess County and our local cities and towns in maintaining roadways," Ellington said. "Quality roads and bridges are the bedrock for any town."

Daviess County received $1 million for local road projects. In addition, Alfordsville received $91,291 and Washington received $408,302 in matching grant funds.

State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) 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.

"To maintain our roads throughout the year, it takes tremendous resources and funding," Lindauer said. "The Community Crossings grant program helps fuel local economies by helping to improve our infrastructure, which can attract more businesses and talent, and boost our quality of life."

In total, more than $738 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. According to State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), 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. 

"Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America, and living up to that distinction is important," Borders said. “With Hoosiers and visiting motorists traveling throughout our state, we have worked hard to ensure our transportation infrastructure meets those standards."

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. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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