State grant gives green light for local road improvements

STATEHOUSE – Lawrence County will receive $675,423 in a state matching grant to steer toward much-needed road improvement projects, according to State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford).

Chris May

May said 218 towns, cities, and counties throughout Indiana received a combined total of over $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. May supported legislation expanding the program in 2017. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

“Community Crossings has helped many communities and counties fund needed maintenance and improvement projects for our roads and bridges,” May said. “Preserving our reputation as the Crossroads of America is crucial to keeping our economy and quality of life moving in the right direction.”

May said communities can use these funds 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. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at