Smith: New grant money paves way for local road projects

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, September 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) – Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus).

More than $150 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings grant program, which is now in its second year. The grants are available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of legislation supported by Smith in 2016.

“Through the Community Crossings program, local governments are receiving funds to make immediate improvements to roads and bridges in our area,” Smith said. “Investments in infrastructure are necessary for our state’s economy to continue to grow, and the improvements will provide safe travel for Hoosiers.”

As part of the program, Bartholomew County will receive $836,011. In addition, four local communities within Bartholomew County were awarded grants:

Community

Grant Awarded

Columbus

Elizabethtown

Hartsville

Hope

$349,816

$59,325

$36,946

$211,504


Projects eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, small structure replacements, guardrail replacements and signs.

A complete list of Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings can be found by clicking here. More information about the program can be found through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website at www.in.gov/indot.

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State Rep. Milo Smith represents House District 59,

which contains portions of Bartholomew County.

A high-resolution photo of Smith can be downloaded by clicking here.