Hostetter, McNamara: State awards over $1.4M to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, May 5, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 5, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $1.4 million in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka).

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 McNamara supported. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

"Over the last several years, Posey County has made roads a top priority, and this investment in our infrastructure is paying off with more regional projects coming our way," McNamara said. "With these additional funds, Southwest Indiana is living up to its reputation as a central hub for business, transportation and a thriving place to live."

Posey County received $1 million for local road and bridge projects. In addition, Mount Vernon was awarded $344,864, and New Harmony was awarded $69,308.

Hostettler 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.

"Our roads face significant wear and tear that requires continuous upkeep," Hostettler said. "Local governments can use these funds to invest taxpayer dollars in much-needed road and bridge projects."

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 The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.


State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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