Gutwein: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville).

This year, Gutwein 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.

“Improving our state and local transportation infrastructure was a top priority of the 2016 session,” Gutwein said. “These grants will help our towns and counties make much-needed repairs and improvements to our roads and bridges.”

As part of the program, Pulaski County received $482,140, Newton County received $325,000, and Jasper and Fulton counties each received $1 million for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, 11 local communities were awarded grants, including Knox ($183,831), Hamlet ($40,000), Akron ($18,427), DeMotte ($663,028), Francesville ($85,374), Medaryville ($100,000), Rensselaer ($443,296), Star City ($23,523), Kewanna ($57,713), Wheatfield ($64,450) and Winamac ($146,199).

On Wednesday, INDOT announced 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded nearly $51 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction 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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Rep. Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which includes all of

Pulaski county and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.

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