Smaltz: Over $2.3M to fuel local road projects

Smaltz: Over $2.3M to fuel local road projects

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, October 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2019) – DeKalb County and local communities were recently awarded over $2.3 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

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 Smaltz supported in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“Our local infrastructure will benefit tremendously,” Smaltz said. “Keeping roads and bridges in good condition contributes toward a prosperous economy and benefits our quality of life, especially for our smaller towns and cities.”

As part of the program, DeKalb County received over $962,000 for local road projects. In addition, several communities in the area were awarded grants, including:

  • Auburn, $494,863;
  • Butler, $433,576;
  • Garrett, $364,143; and
  • Saint Joe, $52,680.

Smaltz 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.

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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.