State Reps. Morrison, Baird encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Josh DeFonce  | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 14, 2020) – State Reps. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) and Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) encourage communities in Central Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Morrison, 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.

"Local communities can use these funds to help maintain and improve their infrastructure without stretching budgets," Morrison said. "As the Crossroads of America, it is vital to continue making this a priority to keep motorists safe and Indiana’s economy moving.”

According to Baird, 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.

"Maintaining our roads and bridges is essential for Hoosier communities to grow," Baird said. "These matching grants have been an important investment in Indiana's roadways to help position our state as an attractive place to live and work."

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. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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