Rep. Smaltz: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

This year, Smaltz 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.

“Community Crossings funds allow many local governments to make immediate road and bridge improvements in their communities,” Smaltz said. “Next session, it is critical that lawmakers craft a long-term, comprehensive plan that addresses state and local infrastructure needs for years to come.”

As part of the program, Steuben County received $415,674 and Allen County received $1 million for road and bridge improvements. In addition, nine local communities were awarded grants, including Auburn ($600,000), Butler ($90,000), Clear Lake ($127,393), Fort Wayne ($1 million), Waterloo ($72,866), Huntertown ($112,300), Leo-Cedarville ($232,790), Angola ($1 million) and Garrett ($499,463).

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 http://www.in.gov/indot/3570.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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