Saunders: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | 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. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

This year, Saunders 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.

“Those who live in east central Indiana know that the roads going through our communities are in need of maintenance and improvement,” Saunders said. “Placing an emphasis on local road funding was a priority of mine this past session and these grants will directly help our infrastructure needs.”

As part of the program, Henry County received $1 million, Rush County received $127,000 and Wayne County received $1 million for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, eight local communities were awarded grants, including Middletown ($32,812), Rushville ($827,366), Glenwood ($80,000), Cambridge City ($31,342), Centerville ($482,137), Dublin ($38,339), Hagerstown ($67,779) and Richmond ($948,073).

On Monday, INDOT announced 102 Central Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $47 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 Central Indiana cities, towns, and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at More information about Community Crossings is online at


State Rep. Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties. 

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