Zent: Over $3.8M to fuel LaGrange and Steuben county road projects

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, October 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – More than $3.8 million in state matching grants will be awarded throughout LaGrange and Steuben counties to accelerate local road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).

This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million 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 Zent supported in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

“Our area is fortunate to be a recreational destination for many, which also means our infrastructure is in constant need of maintenance, on top of the harsh winter weather we deal with,” Zent said. “With these grants, we can move forward on important projects, and keep our roads and bridges safe and functioning for years to come.”

As part of the program, LaGrange County will receive $405,599 and Steuben County will receive $137,838 for local road projects. Several communities within the county also awarded grants, including:

  • Ashley $132,000;
  • Clear Lake $236,250;
  • Fremont $1 million;
  • LaGrange, $562,500;
  • Shipshewana, $720,000; and
  • Topeka, $631,500.

Zent 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. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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