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Zay: Local communities receive more than $3 million for road construction projects

STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2019) — Communities in and around Senate District 17 will receive more than $3 million for local road and bridge upgrades, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties recently received a combined $115 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative. This initiative has provided more than $500 million for construction projects since it was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016.

Below are the communities in Senate District 17 that were awarded grants in 2019, along with the funds they received.

• Columbia City: $735,900

• Converse: $120,000

• Huntington: $842,746.50

• Huntington County: $219,934.50

• LaFontaine: $50,671.26

• North Manchester: $627,975

• Whitley County: $592,113.25

“While road construction can congest our frequently traveled routes, investing in infrastructure projects will spur economic development, create jobs and strengthen our transportation networks,” Zay said. “I’m eager to see the improvements these projects will have on our roadways and community.”

For the full list of projects awarded grant money this year, visit

Additionally, INDOT recently kicked off the road construction season, announcing that more than 1,100 projects are scheduled for construction in 2019.

As construction begins, INDOT reports that Hoosiers will see an increasing number of “Road Work Ahead” signs across the state.

INDOT urges drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and drive with extra caution in work zones.

To view a map of construction projects, visit


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