STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2020) – The town of Leavenworth recently received $211,068 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty).
Over 240 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of more than $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which was created through a 2016 law championed by House Republicans. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.
"It can be hard for small communities to invest in infrastructure projects when the price for major renovations are expensive," Bartels said. "The Community Crossings program allows local governments, of all sizes, to address roadway maintenance and improvements, which keeps Hoosiers safe and helps draw new people to Indiana."
According to Bartels, this funding can be used 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.
In total, Bartels said more than $830 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. 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.
More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.
State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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