Over $1.2M to fuel Starke County road projects

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, October 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Starke County communities were recently awarded over $1.2 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) and Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).

Nearly $100 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which is now in its fourth year. Gutwein said the grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“Over the last few years, Indiana has made significant investments to improve our roads and bridges across the state,” Gutwein said. “As a result, we were recently ranked first in the country for infrastructure. We will continue to work to improve our roads and communities, and build for the future.”

As part of the program, Starke County received $731,580 for local road projects. In addition, the town of North Judson received $101,250, and the city of Knox was awarded $420,034.

Pressel said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

“Our communities are already making great progress on several local road projects,” Pressel said. “This added funding will allow us to focus on our current and upcoming infrastructure plans, while freeing up revenue to invest in other critical priorities for our area.”

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.

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