Smith: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, August 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2016) — Bartholomew County and three local communities received more than $2 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus).

This year, Smith 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.

As part of the program, Bartholomew County received $999,255 for road and bridge improvements. In addition, three local communities were awarded grants, including Columbus ($823,897), Edinburgh ($174,850) and Hope ($57,332).

“The Community Crossings program provides immediate funding solutions so these cities can move forward on road projects,” Smith said. “Next session, the Indiana General Assembly will work to find a more long-term solution so local communities can fund their infrastructure needs for years to come.”

On Tuesday, INDOT announced 99 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $49 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 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/3571.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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Rep. Milo Smith represents portions of Bartholomew County.

A high-resolution photo of Smith can be found here.