Announcement will award millions in grants for local road projects

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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) and INDOT officials will announce recipients of millions of dollars in grant money aimed at improving infrastructure.

The Community Crossings program was established to provide matching grants to local cities and counties for eligible projects in several areas, including: road reconstruction, road and bridge construction, ADA safety enhancement along existing projects, and roundabouts.

The approximate $150 million fund was approved by state legislators and local groups could begin applying for project grants this summer. The awarded grants will cover 50 percent of project costs with a $1 million cap per city, town or county. The remaining costs must be covered by the local entity by using one of three sources: Local Option Income Tax (LOIT), rainy day funds, or a new wheel/surtax.

A preference is being given to projects with great regional economic significance. State officials said the investments in infrastructure are aimed at spurring economic growth and helping improve quality of life.

Monday and Tuesday officials awarded $96 million to 201 communities.

Wednesday, Holcomb and INDOT officials will make an announcement of northern Indiana communities at 10 a.m. in New Haven. The number of projects and money allocated will be announced at a presentation at North Country Knoll and Green Road at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

A second announcement for northern Indiana communities will be held in LaPorte Wednesday afternoon.

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