Last Updated on December 17, 2020 by Indiana House Republicans
SOURCE: News release from Indiana House Republicans
STATEHOUSE – Local communities recently received more than $193,000 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to Cass County lawmakers.
Logansport recently received $132,213 for local road and bridge projects and Walton received $60,825 in matching grants.
Over 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 supported by State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston). Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.
“Hoosiers and businesses consistently rely on local roads and bridges to be functional and safe,” Lehe said. “Continued investment in these projects is key to remaining a top state in the country for infrastructure, as well as providing a quality transportation network for the millions of people who use it.”
State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) 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.
“This program relieves some of the financial burden on local governments when it comes to road projects and maintenance because the costs can quickly add up,” Manning said. “Many of the projects funded through Community Crossings would not have been possible without the state’s commitment.”
State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo), who also supported the creation of the program, said more than $830 million in total 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.
“Maintaining our roads helps keep our state’s economy going as they are critical resources needed to move goods and services throughout Indiana and the country,” VanNatter said. “Because Indiana has remained fiscally responsible, we are able to continue this program that can improve the quality of life for Hoosiers.”
More information about the program and recipients can be found online at http://in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.
State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) represents House District 23, which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.
State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) represents House District 38, which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties.