Vermilion: Over $520K to fuel Blackford County road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, October 15, 2019 8:04 am

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 15, 2019) – Blackford County was recently awarded $523,911 in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion).

Nearly $100 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which is now in its fourth year. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation, and funded through the state budget.

“This grant helps our community invest in various projects needed to keep our roads safe and functioning,” Vermilion said. “Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America, and it is important for us to continue improving our roads and bridges while building for the future.”

Vermilion said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.

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State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,

Grant and Wells counties.

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