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Driving Forward: How State Funding is Accelerating Local Road Projects

Reps. Bartels, May: Local communities receive state funding to roll ahead on road projects

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2024) – Local communities can roll forward with road and bridge projects thanks to a recent boost in state funding supported by State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Chris May (R-Bedford).


A total of 252 communities across the state will receive over $207 million through Indiana's Community Crossings Matching Grant Program. Funds can be used for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements and other items.

State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty)
State Rep. Stephen Bartels


"The state and local partnerships built from the Community Crossings program is paying dividends for our communities," Bartels said. "Our small towns and cities have been able to make great progress on critical infrastructure projects, road and bridge repair and more thanks to this funding."

Area grant recipients include:
  • Bedford, $535,077;

  • Mitchell, $152,872;

  • Orange County, $1.5 million; and

  • Orleans, $146,125.

State Rep. Chris May
State Rep. Chris May

"It's great to see communities of all sizes work with the state to stretch their dollars and complete projects," May said. "I encourage other local communities with infrastructure projects to apply for the next round of matching grants."


To qualify for the competitive grant, smaller municipalities provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while larger 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. Since 2016, Community Crossings has awarded more than $1.6 billion to improve local roads and bridges.

Visit and click on "Community Crossings Matching Grant" to learn more about the program.



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