State lawmakers announce nearly $500,000 for Boone County roads

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, April 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2020) – Local legislators announced Boone County recently received nearly $500,000 in matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

According to State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), 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 Brown co-authored in 2016.

"With this sixth round of funding, Boone County and its communities have now received more than $8 million to help pay for local infrastructure projects," Brown said. "Our roads and bridges require constant upkeep, and this partnership between the state and our communities helps ensure area roadwork can get done without passing the debt to future generations."

Boone County received $499,517 for local road projects. State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) said 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.

"These grants create an even playing field for local cities and towns to access the funds they need to make much-needed improvements to their roads and bridges," Schaibley said. "Whether it is driving to work, running errands or transporting goods, having strong roadways impacts all Hoosiers."

According to State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton), more than $738 million in total 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 essential element of Community Crossings is that so much of it is devoted to our smaller towns," Thompson said. "While they may not get as much attention as our urban communities, they still deserve the same access to state resources that help them properly maintain their roads and bridges."

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. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.
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State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) represents House District 24,
which includes portions of Boone and Hamilton counties.
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State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) represents House District 28,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Boone counties.
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