Vanderburgh County lawmakers: Local communities receive state funding to roll ahead on road projects


    STATEHOUSE – Vanderburgh County communities can roll forward with road and bridge projects thanks to a recent boost in state funding supported local legislators.

    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.

    “The Community Crossings program is a great tool for the state and local communities to work together to complete needed road projects,” said State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville). “These dollars will go a long way in helping us make necessary updates to our infrastructure.”

    Area grant recipients include Evansville ($952,628), Highland ($1 million) and Vanderburgh County ($1 million).

    “Maintaining our roads and bridges is critical,” said State Rep. Tim O’Brien (R-Evansville). “Towns, cities and counties can take advantage of this important funding to ensure both rural and urban areas have the opportunity to make improvements.”

    “Year after year, Indiana continues to be one of the top-rated states for infrastructure, and it’s thanks in large part to this successful initiative,” said State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka). “Community Crossings is a great opportunity for local governments to get a jump-start on necessary road work and upcoming projects.”

    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.