Waynedale Political Commentaries


Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America,” and we do our best to make sure our transportation infrastructure lives up to the name.

Quality roadways help attract new businesses, grow our economy and keep our citizens safe as they travel through our communities and state. In 2016, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation to create the Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) Program, which provides matching grants to communities improving their roads and bridges. As part of Indiana’s long-term road funding plan, the legislature increased funding for the program in 2017. The CCMG allows the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to match up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. This partnership between INDOT and our local communities is a great way to stimulate progress and economic growth.

The grants are awarded based on need, traffic volume, local support and regional economic significance. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 are matched 75 percent, while counties with populations of greater than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of greater than 10,000 are matched 50 percent.

Since 2016, this program has provided Indiana communities with $300 million to improve transportation infrastructure. Last year, Senate District 16 received over $2.8 million in local road-funding grants. Whitley and Allen counties and Fort Wayne each received $670,000, and Columbia City received nearly $830,000.

City, town and county governments can submit applications through Friday, Sept. 28. To access an application, log in to itap.indot.in.gov/login.aspx and request an individual or business account. I encourage our community leaders to take advantage of this program and the valuable support it provides.

Whether you walk, bike, drive or take public transportation, you’re affected by the quality of Indiana roads. I am proud of the legislature’s work to put this grant program in place to provide more ways to improve our transportation infrastructure.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this or other topics, contact my office by phone at 800-382-9467 or by email at Senator.Long@iga.in.gov.

David Long - IN Dist. 16 Senator

David is a former Republican member of the Indiana State Senate representing the 16th district which encompasses Waynedale. He served as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. David writes the "Straight From The Senate" column for the newspaper. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer