Rep. Dermody: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:30 am

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) – Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte).

This year, Dermody supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.

“Our roads and bridges help drive our economy and support Hoosier jobs,” Dermody said. “The funds from the Community Crossings grant will go toward helping to maintain and keep our local infrastructure safe for Hoosier motorists.”

As part of the program, five local communities were awarded grants, including Knox ($183,831), Hamlet ($40,000), LaCrosse ($93,867), LaPorte ($1 million) and Michigan City ($977,532) for road and bridge improvements.

On Wednesday, INDOT announced 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $51 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.

A complete list of Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at More information about Community Crossings is online at


Rep. Dermody represents portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

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