STATEHOUSE (Dec. 15, 2020) – Starke County and the city of Knox recently received a combined total of $335,873 in state matching grants for road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) and Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville).
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 expanded through a 2017 law supported by Pressel and Gutwein. 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."
Starke County received $33,750, and Knox received $302,123 in state matching grants for local road and bridge projects.
Gutwein 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.
"Building up our local infrastructure is important for Starke County's growth," Gutwein said. "We depend on the quality of our roads, and this funding will help us move ahead on essential road projects."
In total, Gutwein 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.
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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