Over $8.1M to fuel Lake, Porter County road projects

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, October 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2019) – Lake and Porter County communities were recently awarded over $8.1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). 

This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. Now in its fourth year, Soliday authored the law establishing the program, with Aylesworth also voting for the comprehensive road funding plan in 2016.

Aylesworth said the grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation and funded through the state budget.

“The Community Crossings grant is an excellent opportunity for municipalities looking to make progress on local roads,” Aylesworth said. “This program is a great example of our community and state working together to improve our infrastructure and make a difference for Hoosiers.”

As part of the program, Lake County received $1 million, and Porter County received $182,950 for local road projects. In addition, several communities were awarded grants, including:

  • Beverly Shores, $182,216;
  • Burns Harbor, $1 million;
  • Chesterton, $167,888;
  • Dune Acres, $199,630;
  • Lake Station, $999,942;
  • Lowell, $125,092;
  • Munster, $554,252;
  • New Chicago, $150,103;
  • Ogden Dunes, $316,814;
  • Schererville, $738,767;
  • Saint John, $1 million;
  • Whiting, $1 million; and
  • Winfield, $541,497.

Soliday 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.

“In recent years, our state has made unprecedented investments to make necessary improvements to our roads and bridges,” Soliday said. “Indiana’s status as a top-ranked state for infrastructure is largely due to our conservative road funding plan, as well as the collaborative effort that exists between the state and local governments.” 

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

INDOT accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.

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State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) represents House District 11,
which includes portions of Lake and Porter counties. 
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State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House
District 4, which includes a portion of Porter County. 
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