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Chesterton and Porter awarded state roadwork grants

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Chesterton and 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 Aylesworth, R-Hebron.

Chesterton was 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.

Communities in 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.

"These matching 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 come."

Other local recipients: Vaparaiso and Portage, both $1 million; and the Town of Pines, $78,942.

 

Posted 4/10/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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