Smaltz: New grant money paves way for local road projects

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) – Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

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 supported by Smaltz in 2016.

“Through the Community Crossings program, the state is doing its part to help local governments avoid debt while also ensuring our infrastructure is safe and functioning for years to come,” Smaltz said. “Using these grant funds, locals can make much-needed road and bridge improvements in their communities. This significant investment could spur the local economy, creating jobs and encouraging more businesses to locate and grow here in Northeast Indiana.”

Allen County will receive $670,000, DeKalb County will receive $556,706 and Steuben County will receive $220,893. In addition, 13 local communities were awarded grants.

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 is online at


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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which includes
all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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