State awards over $3.9M to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, May 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $3.9 million in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to area legislators.

"These grants help local communities continue to grow and encourage others to visit or locate their business here," said State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville). "This additional money will also help move our state forward and ensure Indiana remains a national leader in infrastructure."

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017 through legislation supported by Ziemke, and State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville). The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

"We use our roads every day, and they require continuous maintenance and upkeep," Lyness said. "In addition to counties receiving grants to pay for larger projects, the Community Crossings program helps some of our most rural areas also invest in their infrastructure."

Decatur County received $999,866, Franklin County was awarded $856,421 and Ripley County received $925,109 for local road and bridge projects. In addition, the following communities were awarded grants:

  • Batesville $1 million;
  • Greensburg $75,373;
  • Rushville $15,997; and
  • Versailles $44,399. 

According to Saunders, a member of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, communities can use these funds for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match.

"Investing in our roads makes travel safer and easier for Hoosiers and other drivers visiting our state," Saunders said. "These grants will go a long way in helping our communities move ahead on much-needed repairs and improvements without stretching local budgets."

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.

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State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes
all of Union County and portions of Franklin and Dearborn counties.
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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, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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