Rep. Ziemke: 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. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

This year, Ziemke 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.

“Indiana’s transportation infrastructure affects every sector of our economy, helping drive economic growth and support Hoosier jobs,” Ziemke said. “These funds help our local governments address many of their immediate road and bridge funding needs, while the General Assembly works to develop a more comprehensive, long-term plan next session.”

As part of the program, Fayette County received $328,642, Rush County received $127,000, Decatur County received $1 million and Franklin County received $99,919 for road and bridge improvements. In addition, seven local communities were awarded grants, including Connersville ($249,697), Glenwood ($80,000), Rushville ($827,367), Batesville ($1 million), Brookville ($99,919), Greensburg ($540,207) and Milan ($67,375).

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 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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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents all of Fayette County, and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.

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