Monroe County legislators encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, October 7, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 7, 2020) – Local lawmakers encourage communities in Monroe County to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Maintaining our transportation infrastructure is essential if we want our communities and the state as a whole to continue thriving economically and socially," Ellington said. "Community Crossings has helped immensely in preserving Indiana's reputation as the 'Crossroads of America.'"

According to State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), Hoosier communities are eligible for a state match up to $1 million annually and the Indiana Department of Transportation opens applications twice a year. Due to COVID-19, this year’s second round of calls for projects was postponed in July, but Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced that the matching grant program will resume and the new application deadline is Oct. 23.

"County and municipal budgets are especially strained from the effects of the pandemic, so this additional funding comes a great time," Mayfield said. "The program has helped communities across the state with road and bridge improvements that otherwise would be cost-prohibitive, and Indiana is fortunate to be in the fiscal position to continue the Community Crossings grant program."

State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) said counties with fewer than 50,000 residents and cities and towns with less than 10,000 residents contribute 25% of the matching funds, with larger communities contributing 50%. To be eligible, all local units of government must have an approved Asset Management Plan and provide a funding match.

"Community Crossings has really strengthened collaboration between the state and local communities," Heaton said. "It's the kind of partnership that sustains Indiana's infrastructure while positioning Hoosiers for future growth."

Ellington, Mayfield and Heaton supported the 2016 law creating Indiana's long-term road funding plan and to expand the program the following year.

Since the program's inception, $739 million has been awarded to support Hoosier communities and infrastructure projects around the state. Local governments can apply for the program online at in.gov/indot/4013.htm, with forms due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 23.

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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves on the
House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.
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State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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