LaPorte County communities awarded $2.1 million for road projects

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Thursday, December 10, 2020 10:45 am

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2020) – Local communities recently received more than $2.1 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).  

Over 240 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of more than $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, created through a 2016 law and then expanded in 2017 under a law supported by Pressel. According to Pressel, the newly appointed chair of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

"These much-needed funds will help provide our local communities with resources to continue updating and fixing our roads and bridges," Pressel said. "Maintaining and improving our transportation infrastructure is essential for growing our economy, improving our quality of life and providing more job opportunities to hardworking Hoosiers."

LaPorte County received $996,974 for local road and bridge projects. In addition, the following local communities received matching grants:

  • Kingsford Heights $228,723;
  • Michigan City $775,218; and
  • Wanatah $153,033.

Pressel said this funding can be used 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.

In total, Pressel said more than $830 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at  


State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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