Over $1.2M to fuel Franklin County road projects

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Franklin County communities will receive over $1.2 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. Now in its fourth year, Lyness and Ziemke voted in support of the law establishing the program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation and funded through the state budget.

“These projects will improve our local infrastructure in key areas here in southeast Indiana,” Lyness said. “They are picked based on need, traffic volume, local support and the impact they have on the regional economy.”


As part of the program, Franklin County received $905,710, with Brookville awarded $216,860 and Laurel receiving $145,747.

According to Ziemke, grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

“This program has provided more than $500 million in matching funds to towns, cities and counties throughout our wonderful state,” Ziemke said. “These funds are sparking improvements to our area’s roads and bridges at unmatched levels, and making Indiana a better place to establish and grow a business.”


Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

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State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes
Union county and portions of Franklin and Dearborn counties.
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 State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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