State Rep Tim HarmanLocal communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Representative Tim Harman from Bremen.

This year, Harman supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.

“Our roads and bridges not only support the economy, but provide convenient and safe travel for Hoosiers,” Harman said. “This program provides local communities with additional funds needed to repair and maintain their infrastructure.”

As part of the program, Marshall and Fulton Counties each received $1 million for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, six local communities were awarded grants, including Plymouth ($911,400), Culver ($76,312), Akron ($18,427), Bremen ($163,410), Bourbon ($53,219) and Kewanna ($57,713). House District 17 received a combined total of $3.2 million, which is double the statewide average.

On Wednesday, INDOT announced 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $51 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.

A complete list of Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at More information about Community Crossings is online at



State Rep. Tim Harman (R-Bremen) represents all of Marshall County and a large portion of Fulton County.