Kosciusko County lawmakers: State awards over $455,000 to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, May 3, 2021 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $455,000 in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) and Curt Nisly (R-Milford).

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

"Whether it's for business, a vacation or just a quick trip to the grocery store, Hoosiers in communities large and small rely on our roads," Snow said. "These investments not only help improve our local infrastructure, but they also help attract new jobs to Kosciusko County and strengthen our economy."

Snow said Silver Lake was awarded $225,051, and Syracuse was awarded $230,758.

Nisly 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.

"These grants exclusively cover the costs of road and bridge projects so that our infrastructure lasts for years to come," Nisly said.

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. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) represents House District 18, which includes Wabash County and portions of Kosciusko, Grant and Miami counties.

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State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) represents House District 22, which includes portions of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.

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