Pressel: New grant money paves way for local road projects

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:14 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) — Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).

More than $150 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings grant program, which is now in its second year. The grants are available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of legislation passed in 2016.

“For the state’s long-term needs we have established a comprehensive infrastructure plan that will help boost our economy, and these Community Crossings funds are a part of that plan that will allow the immediate needs of our area to be met,” Pressel said.

LaPorte County will receive $568,500 and Starke County will receive $570,832 and eight local communities within LaPorte and Starke counties were also awarded grants, including Hamlet ($160,950), Knox ($455,559), LaPorte ($670,000), Michigan City ($488,281), North Judson ($125,094), Trail Creek ($333,664), Wanatah ($105,909) and Westville ($404,998).

Projects eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, small structure replacements, guardrail replacements and signs.

A complete list of Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings can be found by clicking here. More information about the program can be found through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website at


State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

A high-resolution photo of Pressel can be downloaded by clicking here.