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

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, October 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 15, 2020) – State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) encourage communities in Southern Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Davisson, who supported the 2016 law creating Indiana's long-term road funding plan, said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Every dollar counts, and local governments don't always have the resources to fully fund larger projects," Davisson said. "Partnering with the state really helps our locals maintain infrastructure without stretching budgets beyond their means."

According to Bartels, 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.

"At any given time, Orange 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."

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, with forms due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 23.


State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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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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