Davisson: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, August 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

This year, Davisson 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.

“The fixes and upgrades made with these grants can be anything from making practical design improvements to bridges or adding structures such as roundabouts to certain roadways,” Davisson said. “The Community Crossings program will help to address the immediate road-funding needs of local roads and bridges, and the General Assembly will meet next session to determine the best long-term solutions.”

As part of the program, Washington, Clark, Harrison and Orange Counties each received $1 million, Lawrence County received $490,500 and Jackson County received $988,754 for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, six local communities were awarded grants, including Bedford ($528,000), Charlestown ($500,000), Clarksville ($1 million), Jeffersonville ($1 million), Seymour ($960,913) and Salem ($95,300).

On Tuesday, INDOT announced 99 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $49 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 Southern 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/3571.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County and parts of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.

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