Reps. Thompson, Steuerwald: State funding gives green light to Hendricks County road improvements

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2022) – Local communities will receive more than $3.5 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvement projects, according to State Reps. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) and Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon).

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.

“As the Crossroads of America, we prioritize keeping our roads and bridges safe and functioning for years to come,” said Thompson, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “These grants help communities of all sizes fund important projects without going into debt.”

Area grant recipients include:

  • Hendricks County $677,994;
  • Advance $98,377;
  • Avon $977,269;
  • Brownsburg $1 million;
  • Coatesville $51,255;
  • Danville $357,019;
  • Jamestown $170,239;
  • Lizton $182,564; and
  • North Salem $56,554.

As part of the grant program, established in 2016 and expanded through laws supported by Thompson and Steuerwald, 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.

“This is a significant amount of funding coming to Hendricks County, and it will be put to good use as towns large and small move ahead with projects,” Steuerwald said.

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.

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