Gutwein: State awards Winamac over $126,000 to help with local road projects

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, April 30, 2021 12:15 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded Winamac more than $126,200 through a state matching grant to help pay for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville).

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was expanded in 2017 through a law Gutwein supported. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

"The Community Crossings program ensures small towns, like Winamac, are able to move ahead on infrastructure projects," Gutwein said. "Maintaining roads throughout the entire state is an ongoing effort, and these investments help communities of all sizes pay for improvements."

Gutwein said communities can use these funds for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match.

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.

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State Rep. Douglas 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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