Franklin County lawmakers announce over $3.7 million awarded for local road projects

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, April 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2020) – More than $3.7 million in state matching grants will be awarded to local communities to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

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 both legislators supported in 2017.

"Community Crossings grants provide an excellent opportunity for local governments to invest in their infrastructure with the help of state funding," Lyness said. "It is a program that shows when the state and local municipalities work together, we can make enhancements and improvements to our roads and bridges without passing debt to future generations."

Decatur County received $999,970, Franklin County received $1 million, and Ripley County was awarded $955,548 for local road projects. In addition, Batesville was awarded $217,090 and Oldenburg received $594,144 in matching grants.

Ziemke 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.

"This program is about the state making strong investments in our local communities," Ziemke said. "These dollars go directly to identified enhancements, bringing improvements to our area along with creating jobs by hiring workers to finish the projects."

In total, more than $738 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. 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. 

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. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes
Union County and portions of Franklin and Dearborn counties.
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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Ripley and Rush counties.
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