Vigo County legislators encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

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

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 14, 2020) Local lawmakers encourage communities in Central Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) said Community Crossings Matching Grants help cities, towns and counties fund local infrastructure projects through preservation, road construction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"Community Crossings has really strengthened collaboration between the state and local communities," Heaton said. "It's the kind of partnership that sustains Indiana's infrastructure while positioning Hoosiers for future growth."

According to State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), 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.

"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."

State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) said 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.

"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.”

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. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo 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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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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