Ziemke: Over $2.8M to fuel local road projects

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded more than $2.8 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

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 as a result of a law Ziemke supported in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“This program has provided more than $500 million in matching funds to towns, cities and counties throughout our wonderful state,” Ziemke said. “These funds are sparking improvements to our area’s roads and bridges at unmatched levels, and making Indiana a better place to establish and grow a business.”

As part of the program, Greensburg was awarded $504,601. In addition, Franklin County received $905,710 and Rush County received $935,918. Other communities in the area awarded grants include:

  • Brookville, $216,860;
  • Laurel, $145,747; and
  • Westport, $107,175.

Ziemke 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. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
Click here for a high-resolution photo of Ziemke.