Davisson: State funding gives green light to Washington County road improvements

STATEHOUSE  – Washington County will receive $1 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvement projects, according to State Rep. J. Michael Davisson (R-Salem).

In total, more than 220 towns, cities and counties will receive over $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.

State Rep. J. Michael Davisson

“Indiana is in a strong financial position where we can continue investing in essential, local infrastructure projects,” Davisson said. “Community Crossings has helped immensely in preserving Indiana’s reputation as the Crossroads of America.”

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.