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

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 6, 2020) — State Reps. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem) encourage communities in South Central Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

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

"Investing in infrastructure is critical to ensuring our rural communities can compete in today's economy," Lucas said. "Hoosiers need to be able to travel safely, and businesses require quality roads to transport goods and services, and connect with consumers and employees."

Lucas and Davisson both supported the 2016 law creating Indiana's long-term road funding plan and to expand the program the following year. According to Davisson, 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.

"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."

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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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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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