Wolkins: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | 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. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).

This year, Wolkins 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.

“The health of our infrastructure is integral to the success of our communities,” Wolkins said. “These grants will help our towns and counties make much-needed repairs and improvements to our roads and bridges.”

As part of the program, Grant County received $431,550, Kosciusko County received $997,028 and Miami County received $498,550 for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, 14 local communities were awarded grants, including Wabash ($1 million), Leesburg ($34,719), Lagro ($22,782), North Manchester ($127,344), Nappanee ($105,001), Milford ($41,911), LaFontaine ($21,965), Winona Lake ($311,873), Bunker Hill ($15,365), Converse ($46,649), Gas City ($114,743), Jonesboro ($320,704), Van Buren ($29,462), Warsaw ($720,346) and Sweetser ($25,000).

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

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Rep. Wolkins represents all of Wabash County and portions of Grant, Kosciusko, Miami counties.