STATEHOUSE (Dec. 15, 2020) – Local communities recently received more than $656,000 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville). The city of Noblesville received $181,290 for local road and bridge projects. In addition, Hamilton County received $475,603 in matching grants.
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 and expanded in 2017. Goodrich said grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.
"Our community and county are experiencing tremendous growth, and the local infrastructure must keep up with the increased demands," Goodrich said. "This program further demonstrates Indiana's commitment to strengthening our infrastructure and improving the overall quality of life for Hoosiers."
Goodrich said the 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.
Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said the $181,290 awarded to the community will go toward street rehabilitation and preservation.
“Noblesville’s unique history comes with the need to preserve, protect and maintain our assets, including our infrastructure,” Jensen said. “The Community Crossings grant monies we received will go directly to maintaining and preserving the roadways our residents and visitors use every day.”
In total, Goodrich 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.
State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29,
which includes portions of Hamilton County.
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