Rep. Braun: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

This year, Braun co-authored 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.

“Through the Community Crossings program, many local governments are receiving necessary funds to make immediate road and bridge improvements in their communities,” Braun said. “As we look to the upcoming session, it is critical that lawmakers craft a sustainable, data-driven plan that will address state and local infrastructure needs for years to come.”  

As part of the program, Daviess County received $1 million, Dubois County received $476,306, Martin County received $242,495 and Pike County received $423,030 for road and bridge improvements. In addition, eight local communities were awarded grants, including Cannelburg ($30,095), Ferdinand ($362,219), Huntingburg ($1 million), Jasper ($1 million), Loogootee ($32,029), Montgomery ($100,000), Petersburg ($84,195) and Washington ($350,605).

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 http://www.in.gov/indot/3571.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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State Rep. Mike Braun (R-Jasper) represents portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.

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