Porter are among the Northwest Indiana municipalities awarded matching
Community Crossings state infrastructure grants, according to a statement
released on Thursday by State Reps. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and Michael
awarded $237,877; and Porter, $602,948.
Chesterton will use
its grant to re-pave the entirety of South Park Acres; North Calumet Road
between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way;
Broadway between Eighth and 23rd streets; and 1100N between South Fifth
Street and 100E.
Porter and Lake counties were awarded a total of more than $12.6 million in
matching grants for road and bridge improvements, and across the state more
than 200 cities, towns, and counties received a combined total of $126.5
million. Those grants are made available through the
Indiana Department of Transportation under legislation authored by Soliday
in 2017 and supported by Aylesworth.
"This is one of the
best investments the state can make in our local communities," Aylesworth
said. "Addressing our infrastructure makes Indiana a better place to call
home and can help attract new jobs to the area."
Grants can be used
for road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection
improvements, guardrail replacement, and signage. Smaller municipalities
must provide a grant match of 25 percent in local funds; larger ones, a
match of 50 percent.
grants continue to stimulate local communities and it is a program I'm happy
to see continue directing a significant amount of money to counties, cities,
and towns," Soliday said. "Not only do these funds improve our roads, but
they also employ workers to complete the projects. Our state's comprehensive
road funding plan started with the idea of responsibly planning to maintain
roads and bridges, and this program will continue to help for many years to
recipients: Vaparaiso and Portage, both $1 million; and the Town of Pines,