(STATEHOUSE) – Lawrence County and Bedford recently received more than $1.4 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford).
More than 240 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined total of more than $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which was created through a 2016 law and then expanded in 2017 under a law supported by May. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.
“This program is a part of our long-term infrastructure plan that invests in local communities without burdening future generations with debt,” May said. “Taking care of our roads strengthens our economy and our reputation as the Crossroads of America.”
Lawrence County received $1 million, and Bedford received $418,033 for local road and bridge projects. May said this funding can be used for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match.
In total, more than $830 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.
More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.