STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2020) – Local communities were recently awarded over $2.4 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch).
Over 200 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of $126.5 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law passed in 2017.
"Roads connect Hoosiers, businesses and visitors across the state, and are vital to our economy," Hostettler said. "Without this extra funding, local communities may not be able to make these improvements that help keep our cities and towns thriving."
Gibson County and Princeton each received $1 million for local road projects. Fort Branch was awarded $488,104 in matching grant funds.
Hostettler said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.
In total, more than $738 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. He said 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.
An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply for these grants during the July 2020 call for projects. More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.
State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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