Heaton: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Friday, August 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute).

This year, Heaton 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.

“Improving our local roads and bridges was a top priority of the 2016 session,” Heaton said. “These grants will help our counties and cities meet their infrastructure needs and allow them to allocate funds where they see fit.”

As part of the program, Vigo County received $999,749, Monroe County received $887,349 and Clay and Owen counties each received $1 million for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, three local communities were awarded grants, including Brazil ($605,000), Bloomington ($1 million) and Ellettsville ($46,211).

This week, INDOT announced 201 Indiana cities, towns and counties in Southern and Central Indiana were awarded $96 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction 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.

For more information about Community Crossings, and a complete list of Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through this program for the calendar year 2016 visit www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.


Rep. Heaton represents portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.