DeVon: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) — St. Joseph County and five local communities received more than $3 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).

This year, DeVon supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.

As part of the program, St. Joseph County received $1 million for road and bridge improvement projects. In addition, five local communities were awarded grants, including South Bend ($1 million), North Liberty ($35,840), Lakeville ($50,798), Mishawaka ($767,500) and Walkerton ($200,390).

“Maintaining our roads and bridges is an essential part of growing Indiana’s economy,” DeVon said. “These grants will immediately help our local units of government as we aim for a sustainable, long-term road funding solution in the upcoming session.”

On Wednesday, INDOT announced 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $51 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, resurfacing, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.

A complete list of Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at http://www.in.gov/indot/3570.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents portions of St. Joseph County.

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