Ellington, Lindauer highlight state awards over $1.1 million for Martin County Roads

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Friday, April 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2020) – Local communities were recently awarded over $1.1 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

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 Ellington supported in 2017.

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

Martin County received $989,436 and Shoals received $133,270 in matching grants.

Ellington 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. Lindauer said state law requires annually that 50% of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

"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."

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. 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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