Ellington: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                Aug. 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington).

This year, Ellington 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.

“These funds will help so many of our communities move forward with much-needed improvements to local roads and bridges,” Ellington said. “Investing in infrastructure is important for our growing economy. These projects will make our towns a better place to live and play. One of our priorities next session will be to develop a long-term plan to help fund both state and local roads.”

As part of the program, Daviess County received $1 million, Greene County received $999,750, Martin County received $242,495, and Monroe County received $887,349, for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, eight local communities were awarded grants, including Bloomington ($1 million), Cannelburg ($30,095), Ellettsville ($46,211), Jasonville ($69,445), Linton (420,162), Loogootee ($32,029), Montgomery ($100,000) and Washington ($350,605).

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. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62,

which includes portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

A high-resolution photo of Ellington can be downloaded by clicking here.