Gibson County communities awarded over $285K for road projects

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Monday, December 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2020) – Local communities recently received more than $285,000 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka).

Over 240 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of more than $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which was created through a 2016 law championed by House Republicans. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

"Job creators look for communities with strong infrastructure, which is why it's important for local towns and cities to take advantage of these funds," Hostettler said. "Gibson County is a great place to work, raise a family and build a life. We need to keep promoting these qualities and encourage people to come to our community. One way to do this is maintaining our roads."

According to Hostettler, the following local communities received matching grants:

  • Owensville $145,713;
  • Patoka $79,390; and
  • Somerville $59,957.

Hostettler said this funding can be used 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.

In total, Hostettler said more than $830 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. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.  

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State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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