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State grants give green light for Spencer County road improvements

Spencer County and the town of Rockport will receive over $1.4 million in total state matching grants to steer toward much-needed road improvement projects, according to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh).

Bartels said 218 towns, cities and counties throughout Indiana received a combined total of over $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

“Investments in transportation infrastructure help promote public safety while also giving a boost to our local economies,” Bartels said. “As the Crossroads of America, our state relies on safe roads and bridges, and this funding will make a real difference throughout Spencer County.”

Spencer County will receive $1 million and the town of Rockport $423,372 in state matching grants.

Ledbetter said communities can use these funds for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer.

“Through working together at the state and local level, more than $1.4 million will be invested in Spencer County to update and maintain roads and bridges,” Ledbetter said. “One of our top priorities at the Statehouse is keeping Hoosiers safe, and reliable road infrastructure is a key component.”

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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