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Local communities receive more than $3.5M in road-funding grants

Local communities receive more than $3.5M in road-funding grants Local communities receive more than $3.5M in road-funding grants

Several communities in Southern Indiana will receive more than $3.5 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

“Maintaining our roads and bridges is essential, but these projects can put a strain on local budgets,” State Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, said. “These grants allow communities to complete much-needed projects and can free up funds for other services.”

The CCMG, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016, aims to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

“Every dollar counts, and local governments may not have the resources to fully fund larger projects,” State Rep. Steven Davisson, R-Salem, said. “These grants continue to help us maintain our roadways without stretching budgets beyond their means.”

Since it was put into place, the program has awarded more than $830 million in state matching funds for local construction projects. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

“It can be hard for small communities to invest in infrastructure projects when the price for major renovations are expensive,” State Rep. Stephen Bartels, R-Eckerty, said. “The Community Crossings program allows local governments, of all sizes, to address roadway maintenance and improvements, which keeps Hoosiers safe and helps draw new people to Indiana.”

Among the communities receiving grants were Corydon ($168,059.99), Crandall ($148,543.50), Harrison County ($1 million), Leavenworth ($211,068.75),- Mauckport ($227,208.75) and Palmyra ($79,713.75).

“It should always be a priority for us to support Hoosier communities as they work to improve their local infrastructure, and, in the wake of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever,” State Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, said. “I am grateful so many localities in Senate District 47 were awarded grants in this round of funding, and I will continue to advocate for our rural communities at the Statehouse.”

Through the program, the Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million annually when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations fewer than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations fewer than 10,000 receive a 75%-25% match, while counties with populations of greater than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of greater than 10,000 receive a 50%-50% match.

To view the full list of communities receiving matching funds in 2020, visit in.gov/indot/2390.htm. The CCMG offers two rounds of applications each year, with the next call for applications occurring in early 2021.

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