STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2021) – Henry County communities received more than $1.7 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017 through laws Saunders supported. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.
"Investing in our roads makes travel safer and easier for Hoosiers and other drivers visiting our communities," said Saunders, a member of the House Roads and Transportation Committee. "These grants will go a long way in helping Henry County move ahead on much-needed repairs and improvements without stretching local budgets."
Henry County received $1 million for local road and bridge projects. In addition, the following communities were awarded a grant:
Saunders said communities can use these funds 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.
More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually 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. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.
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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