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Communities get road funds

Local communities will receive more than $2.5 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvement projects, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Area grant recipients include Huntington County $652,189, Roanoke $1 million and Huntington $912,179.  

In total, 223 towns, cities and counties will receive more than $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.

“This partnership between our state and local governments helps ensure local communities big and small benefit and are able to improve their bridges and roads,” said Leonard, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “We designed Indiana’s fully-funded road program so we don’t pass debt onto future generations.”

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