State Reps. Bartels, Lindauer encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Community Crossings grant application deadline is Oct. 23

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, October 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 9, 2020) – State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) encourage communities in Southwest Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Bartels said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"At any given time, Dubois and surrounding counties have several ongoing road projects to maintain and improve existing stretches of highway," Bartels said. "A long-term investment, like this program, benefits rural Indiana by helping to equip communities with strong infrastructure and new development opportunities."

According to Lindauer, Hoosier communities are eligible for a state match up to $1 million annually and the Indiana Department of Transportation opens applications twice a year. Due to COVID-19, this year’s second round of calls for projects was postponed in July, but Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced that the matching grant program will resume and the new application deadline is Oct. 23.

Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents and cities and towns with less than 10,000 residents contribute 25% of the matching funds, with larger communities contributing 50%. To be eligible, all local units of government must have an approved Asset Management Plan and provide a funding match.

"Hoosiers spend a great deal of their time in cars and know exactly which roads are in bad shape, dangerous and could use improvements," Lindauer said. "The Community Crossings program gives local governments the flexibility to address these projects, attracting new residents to our cities and towns, without straining already tight local budgets."

Since the program's inception, $739 million has been awarded to support Hoosier communities and infrastructure projects around the state. Local governments can apply for the program online at in.gov/indot/4013.htm, with forms due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 23.  

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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