Mahan: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, August 26, 2016 10:07 am

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Harford City).

This year, Mahan 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.

“With this grant money, our communities will be able to improve and maintain many of our local roadways,” Mahan said. “During session, I worked hard to ensure that all communities—small and large—have an equal opportunity to receive this grant. Oftentimes, rural communities are unable to compete with larger, urban ones and miss out on funds. Under state law, at least 50 percent of the Community Crossings grant funds must be allocated to local units in counties with a population of less than 50,000.” 

As part of the program, Delaware County received $981,366 and Grant County received $431,550 for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, 13 local communities were awarded grants, including Bluffton ($182,285), Converse ($46,649), Daleville ($78,233), Eaton ($87,453), Fairmount ($71,190), Gas City ($114,743), Hartford City ($493,614), Jonesboro ($320,704), Markle ($346,605), Montpelier ($44,514), Ossian ($27,047), Sweetser ($25,000) and Van Buren ($29,462).

This week, INDOT announced 223 Indiana cities, towns and counties in Northern and Central Indiana were awarded $98 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction 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.

For more information about Community Crossings, and a complete list of Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through this program for the calendar year 2016 visit www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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Rep. Mahan represents Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.

 

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