STATEHOUSE – Local communities will receive more than $675,000 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvement projects, according to State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford).
In total, 223 towns, cities and counties will receive more than $107 million in state funding through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program. Funds, awarded twice a year, are for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage, and can cover material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations.
“Community Crossings was designed to ensure state and local governments worked together to make road and bridge improvements,” May said. “The program has resulted in much-needed infrastructure projects being completed across Indiana, which helps ensure the state keeps moving in the right direction.”
Area grant recipients include Lawrence County $292,300 and Bedford $383,320.
As part of the grant program, smaller municipalities provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities provide a 50 percent match. State law requires 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. To date, Hoosier communities are on the receiving end of more than $1 billion in Community Crossings Matching Grants.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, which oversees and awards the grants, the next call for projects is expected in July. More information can be found at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings or by emailing LPAQuestions@indot.in.gov.