Hancock County communities awarded over $1.2 million for road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, December 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2020) – Local communities recently received more than $1.2 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and Chris Jeter (R-Fishers).

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 in 2016 and expanded in 2017 through laws supported by Cherry. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

"Road repairs come with a high price tag and these matching grants help make necessary road projects possible," Cherry said. "Businesses and community members depend on safe and functional roads. By investing in these infrastructure projects we are also investing in the success of our communities."

New Palestine received $112,171 for local road and bridge projects. In addition, McCordsville received $992,723 and Shirley received $95,199 in matching grants.

According to Jeter, 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.

"Whether it is in a rural community or a suburban neighborhood, Indiana has made great strides in strengthening our infrastructure that Hoosiers depend on," Jeter said. "Because our state has remained fiscally responsible, this program is still available to local communities to continue making much-needed road repairs and keep our economy moving."

In total, Jeter 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. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) represents House District 88,

which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.

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