St. Joseph County lawmakers: State awards over $2.5M to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, May 3, 2021 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $2.5 million in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to St. Joseph County legislators.

Through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, 218 Hoosier cities, towns and counties received a combined total of over $100 million. This program was established in 2016 and expanded a year later in 2017. The Indiana Department of Transportation oversees and distributes these grants twice each year.

"Safe, reliable infrastructure is an important factor in raising the quality of life for residents, and it attracts economic development and new jobs to our region," said State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger). "Over the past five years, our area benefited from substantial improvements to our roads and bridges, but the work isn't done and the state remains committed to this investment."

St. Joseph County received $1 million for local road and bridge projects. In addition, the following communities were awarded a grant:

  • New Carlisle $377,505;
  • Osceola $174,086; and
  • South Bend $1 million.

Communities can use these funds for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a 25 percent match in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50 percent match.

"Coming from a position on the city council, I have seen firsthand the positive impacts these grants have had on our community," said State Rep. Jake Teshka (R-South Bend). "This partnership with the state gives local governments the opportunity to address much-needed road projects and work together to help make our region a premier place to live, work and grow."

More than $931 million in total has been awarded throughout the state since 2016. State law requires that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded annually to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

"This grant program is a game-changer for smaller communities that may not have been able to make infrastructure improvements otherwise," said State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola). "As Indiana continues to invest in its future, we want to make sure every community is a part of the state's success story."

More information about the program and recipients can be found online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. The next call for projects through Community Crossings will open in July 2021.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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State Rep. Jake Teshka (R-South Bend) represents House District 7, which includes the majority of St. Joseph County.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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