Koch: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford).

This year, Koch supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.

“Providing these funds to our counties and cities will allow them to directly help address local infrastructure needs,” Koch said. “Maintaining and improving our roads and bridges is essential to economic and community growth and this investment will have a positive impact across our area.”

As part of the program, Brown County received $1 million, Lawrence County received $490,500, Monroe County received $887,349, Jackson County received $988,754 and Johnson County received $968,676 for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, 13 local communities were awarded grants, including Bargersville ($506,000), Bedford ($528,000), Bloomington ($1 million), Edinburgh ($174,850), Ellettsville ($46,211), Franklin ($1 million), Greenwood ($957,996), Nashville ($172,025), New Whiteland ($130,946), Prince’s Lakes ($40,835), Seymour ($960,913), Trafalgar ($143,900) and Whiteland ($55,990).

On Tuesday, INDOT announced 99 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $49 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, resurfacing, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.

A complete list of Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at http://www.in.gov/indot/3569.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) represents all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.

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