Lucas: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, August 26, 2016


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

This year, Lucas 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.

“This program provides local communities with additional funds they need to help complete road and bridge projects,” Lucas said. “Our roads and bridges not only support the economy but provide more efficient and safe travel for Hoosiers.”

As part of the program, Bartholomew County received $999,255, Jackson County received $988,754, Jefferson County received $559,339 and Jennings County received $513,479 for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, six local communities were awarded grants, including Columbus ($823,897), Edinburgh ($174,850), Hanover ($70,000), Hope ($57,332), North Vernon ($263,188) and Seymour ($960,913).

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 More information about Community Crossings is online at


State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

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