J.D. Prescott
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STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $2 million in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City).

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

“Some of our local roads and bridges need updated, and grant programs like this help our communities tackle these projects,” Prescott said. “Investing in infrastructure helps all Hoosiers, including small-business owners and farmers who help keep our economy moving.”

Randolph County received $197,657 million for local road and bridge projects. In addition, Winchester and Union City were each awarded $1 million.

Prescott 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.

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. 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 in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.

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This article originally ran on winchesternewsgazette.com.

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