Henry County communities awarded over $340k for road projects

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

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2020) – Local communities recently received more than $340,000 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville). 

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 Saunders supported. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

"Whether a road or bridge needs minor updates or requires major reconstruction, these improvements are necessary to keep them functional and safe, and unfortunately costs can add up quickly," said Saunders, member of the House Roads and Transportation Committee. "The Community Crossings Matching Grants make important road projects possible for local communities."

Knightstown received $96,074 for local road and bridge projects. In addition, Middletown received $149,962 and Shirley received $95,199 in matching grants.

According to Saunders, 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, Saunders 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. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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