STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2019) – Hendricks County communities will receive over $1.8 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area legislators.
This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. Now in its fourth year, State Reps. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) and Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) voted in support of the law establishing the program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation and funded through the state budget.
“This boost in funding will go a long way for our local road projects,” Behning said. “Reliable, well-maintained roads and bridges keep our neighbors connected and grow the Hoosier economy, strengthening our reputation as one of the best states to live, work and raise a family.”
As part of the program, these communities in Hendricks County were awarded grants:
- Avon $1 million;
- Amo $82,251;
- Clayton $344,566; and
- Plainfield $407,250.
“Hendricks County continues to grow, and our infrastructure needs to sustain the increased traffic and needs of these communities,” Steuerwald said. “These grants will be put to good use and are a wise investment.”
Thompson said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.
“Maintaining our roads and bridges is costly, but essential,” Thompson said. “A program like Community Crossings can help the state’s smaller communities that may not be able to pay for these improvements alone.”
Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.
More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.