Rush County lawmakers announce over $1 million to boost local road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner, Randy Spieth  | Monday, April 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2020) – Area communities received more than $1 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

Over 200 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of $126.5 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law both legislators supported in 2017.

“These grants are critical for many small towns that have road repair needs,” Saunders said. "Hoosiers use these roads each day to work and travel. It is important for streets and bridges to be well maintained for safety, and make our communities attractive places to call home."

The following communities received matching grants for local road projects:

  • Dunreith $55,417;
  • Knightstown $187,222;
  • Lewisville $69,292; and
  • Rushville $713,025.

Ziemke said 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 is about the state making strong investments in our local communities," Ziemke said. "These dollars go directly to identified enhancements, bringing improvements to our area along with creating jobs by hiring workers to finish the projects."

In total, more than $738 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply for these grants during the July 2020 call for projects. More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot

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 State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,
which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne 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, Ripley and Rush counties.
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