Saunders: State awards over $1.4 million to boost Henry County road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:19 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2020) – Local communities were recently awarded over $1.4 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

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 Saunders supported in 2017.

“These grants are critical for many small towns with roads in need of repair,” Saunders said. "Hoosiers and visitors use these roads each day, and it is important for streets and bridges to be well maintained for safety, making our communities attractive places to call home."

Henry County received $1 million for local road projects. In addition, several communities received matching grants:

  • Dunreith $55,417;
  • Knightstown $187,222;
  • Lewisville $69,292;
  • Mount Summit $102,001; and
  • Springport $77,703.
     

Saunders 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.

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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