The City of Charlestown is thrilled to announce it was awarded $727,076.79 in Community Crossing grants, a program through the Next Level Roads program.
Charlestown was one of 229 cities, towns, and counties in Indiana to receive part of a combined $119 million in state matching funds for road improvement projects. Community Crossings is a match program, as cities with populations fewer than 10,000 falling into the 75/25-percent match designation.
Charlestown projects include culvert replacement, paving and sidewalk repair on Monroe Street to address drainage issues.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to apply this year’s Community Crossing Grant award to two projects identified by our residents as significant infrastructure needs in our 2020 drainage listening session,” said Mayor Treva Hodges. “The Monroe Street paving and culvert replacement is critical to allowing for the completion of sidewalks and accessibility to two of our schools on a significant transportation route in the city. The flooding caused by the failing culvert at that site will also now be addressed with these improvements.”
Redoing High Street is a priority as well, with redeveloping streets, curbs, and sidewalks. The future development of the Forest Edge Apartments, a Class A multi-family community, will be along High Street, setting up vast improved mobility in the neighborhood. This amount also allows for repaving roads in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood.
“On High Street, we will also be able to address road quality, drainage, and walkability to solve existing problems and to better prepare for the construction of the Forest Edge Apartments,” said Hodges. “This is an important part of the Depot Street Revitalization project.”