Salem City Council President Justin Green said Wednesday on WSLM’s Coffee Club that Shelby and Fair Streets would receive renovations from a $694,059.75 grant recently received from the Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

Last year and into 2019, West Market Street in Salem was rehabbed thanks to the last Community Crossings grant.

More than $3.7 million was recently awarded to Indiana communities to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem).

The CCMG was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016 and aims to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

“Our local leaders work hard to determine how to best invest in our local roads and bridges,” State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) said. “The Community Crossings grant program provides significant funding to help ensure these critical infrastructure projects are completed.”

Davisson said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements, and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

Since it was put into place, the program has awarded nearly $500 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.

In Senate District 47, the following communities received grants:

  • Cannelton received $137,175;
  • Corydon received $144,026.25;
  • Crawford County received $340,500;
  • English received $69,397.50;
  • Lanesville received $280,727.08;
  • Leavenworth received $168,810;
  • Palmyra received $248,220.36;
  • Paoli received $392,491.73;
  • Perry County received $257,719;
  • Rome received $255,939.75;
  • Salem received $694,059.75;
  • Tell City received $117,282; and
  • West Baden Springs received $638,795.25.

“I’m excited to see so many communities in our area taking advantage of this great opportunity,” Houchin said. “With the help of these grants, these communities will soon benefit from updated roads and bridges, which improve quality of life and the cost of living for Hoosiers.”

Through the CCMG, the Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs.

Counties with populations fewer than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations fewer than 10,000 receive a 75%/25% match, while counties with populations of at least 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of at least 10,000 receive a 50%/50% match.