Reps. Cherry, Jeter: State awards Hancock County over $655K to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 30, 2021 1:31 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded over $655,800 through a state matching grant to Hancock County for road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and Chris Jeter (R-Fishers).

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017 through laws Cherry supported. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year. 

"Whether traveling to work, visiting a loved one or taking a trip, Hoosiers and visitors can be confident in our roadways," Cherry said. "Indiana developed a long-term plan that ensures our infrastructure is maintained for decades, without burdening future generations with debt."

Jeter said communities can use these funds for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match.

"Most of us know the sinking feeling when we hit a pot hole and hope it doesn't give us a flat tire or damage our vehicles," Jeter said. "These important road repairs help maintain the lifespan of our infrastructure and improve the overall quality of life for Hoosiers."

Cherry said more than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.


State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,
which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.
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State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) represents House District 88,
which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.
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