Lawrence County Lawmakers Announce Local Road Funding For Bedford, Oolitic

(STATEHOUSE) – Bedford and Oolitic received over $274,000 in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Chris May (R-Bedford) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

More than 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 May supported in 2017.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford)

“Our roads and bridges are essential assets that are critical for Hoosiers and businesses alike,” May said. “Indiana has made transportation infrastructure a priority, and the number of grants and amount of funding awarded locally through this program reflects that commitment.”

As part of the program, Bedford received $218,476 and Oolitic received $55,559.

Davisson 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.

State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem)

“Community Crossings has already helped many of our local highway and street departments make improvements,” Davisson said. “This round of funding will leave an impact on these communities and I encourage more towns, cities, and counties to apply for the next round of funding this summer.”

In total, more than $738 million 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. 

An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply for these grants during the July 2020 call for projects.

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

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