Jackson County lawmakers: State awards over $1.3M to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt and Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, May 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $1.3 million in state matching grants to Jackson County communities for road and bridge improvements, according to local legislators.

"These grants help us make strong investments in local infrastructure, which is key to keeping and attracting businesses and jobs in our communities," said State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). "These dollars will be put toward keeping our roads safe while also making Jackson County more appealing to job creators and visitors."

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

"Indiana is in a strong fiscal position to continue helping communities large and small move ahead on important road projects," said State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem). "These improvements will help ensure our infrastructure is safe and reliable for years to come."

Jackson County received $1 million for local road and bridge projects. In addition, Crothersville was awarded $269,897 and Seymour was awarded $108,200.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) 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. 

"Improvements to Jackson County roads are ongoing, and these funds will be put to good use as we continue strengthening our local infrastructure," May said. "Community Crossings is a major reason why Indiana is recognized nationally for its infrastructure."

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. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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