Wabash Valley lawmakers: State awards over $5.5 million to boost local road projects

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, April 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2020) – Wabash Valley lawmakers announced local communities were recently awarded over $5.5 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

According to State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle), over 200 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of $126.5 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law passed in 2017.

"These grants are a vital source of funding for rural communities across the state," Baird said. "Maintaining our roads is critical to our small town economies and improving their quality of life."

Vigo, Clay, Sullivan and Vermillion counties each received $1 million for local road projects. In addition, several communities received matching grants:

  • Brazil $620,568;
  • Clinton $165,171;
  • Harmony $72,520;
  • Hymera $239,960; and
  • Shelburn $497,664. 

State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) 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.

"Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America, and living up to that distinction is important," Borders said. “With Hoosiers and visiting motorists traveling throughout our state, we have worked hard to ensure our transportation infrastructure meets those standards."

According to State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute), more than $738 million in total has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

"Community Crossings has brought funding to counties and towns all across Indiana," Heaton said. "They bring needed improvements and are a boon to local economies."

State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) said an estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply for these grants during the July 2020 call for projects.

"We know how important it is to have safe thoroughfares in our towns and on our highways," Morrison said. "Any public works department in need of additional funding for a transportation project should apply for the next round of Community Crossings matching grants this summer."

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

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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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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. 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. 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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