Rush County benefits from road-funding grant

Pictured is State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).

Rush County will receive $935,918.72 to repave roads through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG).

The program was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016.

Senate District 42, which includes Rush County, will receive more than $3.4 million to improve roads and bridges through the grant program, according to State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).

“It’s for repaving 700 W from Base Road up to Arlington and it’s also going to be used for repaving 900 N from Carthage to State Road 3,” Rush County Highway Superintendent Jerry Sitton said. “We had to apply for it (the grant). The whole job will total about $1,200,000 and they give us 75 percent of that.”

The CCMG program aims to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. Since it was put into place, the program has awarded nearly $500 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.

In Senate District 42, the following counties and municipalities received funding:

• Dunreith received $55,479.59

• Franklin County received $905,710.07

• Laurel received $145,747.50

• Milan received $258,286.09

• Osgood received $737,849.70

• Rush County received $935,918.72

• Spiceland received $72,632.25

• Versailles received $316,371.49

“So many rural communities across our state are in need of infrastructure repair,” State Sen. Leising said. “I am encouraged that local communities in our district are taking advantage of this grant program to further improve our transportation networks.”

The Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs through the grant program. Counties with populations fewer than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations fewer than 10,000 receive a 75 percent/25 percent match, while counties with populations greater than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations greater than 10,000 receive a 50 percent/50 percent match.

A full breakdown of the Community Crossings Awards can be found at https://www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.

Contact: kraig.younts@rushvillerepublican.com

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