Rep. Eberhart: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) – Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

This year, Eberhart 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 Community Crossings matching grant allows our communities to address their immediate road-funding needs,” Eberhart said. “Even though these funds are a short-term solution, I look forward to this upcoming legislative session as we work on long-term funding to maintain Indiana’s state and local infrastructure.”

As part of the program, Bartholomew County received $999,255 and Hancock and Shelby counties each received $1 million for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, seven local communities were awarded grants, including Columbus ($823,897), Edinburgh ($174,850), Fortville ($254,988), Greenfield ($982,912), Hope ($57,332), McCordsville ($248,535) and Shelbyville ($1 million).

This week, INDOT announced 201 Indiana cities, towns and counties in Southern and Central Indiana were awarded $96 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.

For more information about Community Crossings, and a complete lists 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. Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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