Local communities get big bucks for roads

Local communities were recently awarded more than $1.8 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Nearly $100 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which is now in its fourth year. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law Leonard supported in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“This program is paying dividends across the state and within our community,” Leonard said. “Huntington County has many road, bridge, sidewalk and drainage projects and this program will help attend to them quicker. This opportunity is key to rapidly improving our local infra-

As part of the program, Huntington County received over $595,000 for local road projects. In addition, several communities in the area were awarded grants, including:

• Andrews, $15,339.

• Markle, $253,893.

• Roanoke, $986,899.

Leonard 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 percent in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match.

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50 percent as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

Additional information about the program and recipients can be found at in.gov/indot.