Soliday: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) —Porter County and eight local communities received nearly $3.8 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso).

This year, Soliday authored 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.

As part of the program, Porter County received $1 million for road and bridge improvements. In addition, eight local communities were awarded grants, including Porter ($401,065), Valparaiso ($1 million), Chesterton ($156,562), Portage ($900,954), Dune Acres ($50,013), Burns Harbor ($96,856), Beverly Shores ($35,141) and Hebron ($150,600).

“Developing responsible infrastructure funding solutions was a top priority this past session,” said Soliday, chair of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation. “This grant program provides the much-needed funds to support our local roads and bridges while allowing counties and cities to allocate the money where they see fit.”

On Wednesday, INDOT announced 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded nearly $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. Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House District 4, which includes, all of Center,

Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships.

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