Nearly $2 million awarded for local road projects in Lake County

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

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2020) – Lake County and the town of Winfield recently received a combined total of nearly $2 million in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point).  

Over 240 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of more than $101 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which was created through a 2016 law supported by Olthoff. Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

"Infrastructure repairs are important for Indiana, and it is vital that fast growing communities like Winfield do not get left behind," Olthoff said. "This funding provides local governments of all sizes the money needed to continue improving our roads and bridges."
 
Lake County received $975,073 and Winfield received $1 million in state matching grants for local road and bridge projects. 

Olthoff 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, Olthoff 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 in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.  

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State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) represents House District 19,
which includes a portion of Lake and Porter counties.
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