STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $2 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. 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. 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.
“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.”
As part of the program, LaPorte County received $1 million for local road projects. In addition, the city of La Porte received $710,109, and the town of Wanatah received $317,401.
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.
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.
State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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