STATEHOUSE — Indiana recently awarded nearly $1 million in state matching grants to Shelby County and Fairland for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017 through laws Eberhart supported. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

“This funding ensures even the most rural areas of the state can invest in their infrastructure,” Eberhart said. “Road maintenance is costly, and these grants help our communities move ahead on projects that are important for local growth and economic development.”

Shelby County received $824,573 and Fairland was awarded $103,810 for local road and bridge projects.

Eberhart 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.

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. 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.

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.