STATEHOUSE — Communities in Senate District 42 will receive more than $6.5 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).

Shelby County’s portion of the Community Crossings grant was $824,573.62.

“To address the disparities between our rural communities and our urban counterparts, it is vital that we continue investing in our infrastructure,” Leising said. “I want to thank area leaders and organizers for their efforts in securing this funding and look forward to seeing the positive impact the funding will have on our roadways.”

The other Senate District 42 communities to receive CCMG grants were: Batesville receiving $1 million; Decatur County receiving $999,866.58; Fayette County receiving $1 million; Greensboro receiving $82,025; Henry County receiving $1 million; New Castle receiving $499,083.67; Ripley County receiving $925,109.24; Rushville receiving $15,997.50; and Spiceland receiving $158,010.

The CCMG, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016, 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 more than $930 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.

Through the program, the Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million annually 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 percent/25 percent match, while counties with populations of greater than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of greater than 10,000 receive a 50 percent/50 percent match.

To view the full list of communities receiving matching funds, visit in.gov/in dot/2390.htm.