State Reps. Ellington, Borders encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, October 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 9, 2020) – State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) encourage communities in Southern Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Ellington, 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.

"Maintaining our transportation infrastructure is essential if we want our communities and the state as a whole to continue thriving," Ellington said. "Community Crossings has helped immensely in preserving Indiana's reputation as the 'Crossroads of America.'"

According to Borders, 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.

"Continual maintenance of roads and bridges often has a big impact on municipal budgets," Borders said. "Collaboration between the state and local governments on these construction projects has helped numerous communities move forward, and that has helped rank Indiana as one of the top states for infrastructure."

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. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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