Ellington, Lindauer: State awards over $997K to help drive Martin County road projects

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, May 4, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 4, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $997,000 through a state matching grant to Martin County for road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017 through laws Ellington supported. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.  

"Motorists depend on well-maintained roads and bridges to get where they need to go," Ellington said. "Without these state grants, local projects like these would be more difficult to fund and finish."

Lindauer said communities can use these funds 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.

"Road maintenance is an ongoing project, and local governments must dedicate a large amount of their budget to plan for these annual expenses," Lindauer said. "The Community Crossings program is designed to alleviate some of the financial burden caused by these projects by freeing up dollars locals can then use to invest in other infrastructure needs or opportunities."

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021. 

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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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