STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2020) – Berne, in partnership with Adams County, was recently awarded $450,000 and Monroe was awarded $15,405 in state matching grants for local road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne).
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 supported by Lehman, and expanded in 2017. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.
"With this money, we can continue ensuring the roads and bridges throughout Adams County are safe and reliable," Lehman said. "Most of us depend on this infrastructure, and we have come to use it for a lot of aspects of our lives, whether it be to get to school, church and work, or to have packages quickly delivered to our homes and businesses. This is great news for Adams County, Berne and Monroe, and the grants will be put to good use."
Lehman said the grant 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, 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. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) represents House District 79,
which includes all of Adams County and portions of Allen and Wells counties.
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