Local communities are set to receive over $1.6 million to complete much-needed road projects, according toState Reps. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) and Jake Teshka (R-South Bend).

Funding is available through Indiana’s Community Crossings Matching Grant Program, which can be used for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements and other items. In total, 224 towns, cities and counties will receive over $133.4 million in state matching grants.

“Infrastructure updates are essential to our state and local economic growth,” Jordan said. “It’s great to see our communities benefit from these funds as we look forward to continued improvements and benefits to our quality of life.”

Area grant recipients include Marshall County ($1 million) and Plymouth ($632,030).

“Maintaining our roads and bridges helps keep motorists safe, and keeps businesses and our economy moving,”Teshka said. “This maintenance comes at a cost, and with these grants, our communities can move forward with important projects that otherwise may not happen.”

To qualify for the competitive grant, smaller municipalities provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large 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 $1.27 billion to improve local roads and bridges.

A list of all communities receiving matching funds in the latest round is available here. Visit in.gov/indot/communitycrossings to learn more about the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program and the next call for projects opening in July.