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2nd round of road funds sent out

City gets $1 million, county about $625,000

DEVAN FILCHAK | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne has received $1 million and Allen County has received almost $625,000 in state matching funds for road improvement projects, local officials announced.

Indiana distributed its second round of 2021 Community Crossings funding, in which cities and counties can apply for up to $1 million in matching funds for road improvement projects.

The program is funded with taxes generated by gasoline sales.

Patrick Zaharako, city engineer, said Wednesday in a statement that Fort Wayne will use the funds to help pay for the rehabilitation of concrete pavement on the nine roads in the Winterfield subdivision off Aboite Center Road near Homestead High School.

“The grant allows Public Works to stretch its neighborhood projects further by supplementing the city funds,” Zaharako said. “We appreciate the support of the state government in helping us improve our roads.”

The state has distributed $201 million in Community Crossings grants this year.

Allen County was awarded $375,589 in April. Combined with its $624,411 announced this week, the county has received $1 million in Community Crossings funds this year.

Michael Green, county public information officer, said Allen County will spend the latest grant on road resurfacing, which will cover about 40% of the cost of redoing several county roads with hot mix asphalt.

The application included resurfacing sections of Johnson, Carroll, Hathaway, West Shoaff, McComb, Old Lima and Simon roads, which is expected to cost $1,566,613 overall.

Several other communities in northeast Indiana also received funding. New Haven was awarded $815,604. New Haven's grant will be used for the reconstruction of Woodmere Drive, which is about a mile long and covers the stretch from Moeller Road to the East Allen Career and Technical School, a news release said. 

At a glance

Community Crossings grants awarded in northeast Indiana:

Albion, $779,475

Allen County, $624,411

Angola, $666,559

Ashley, $270,000

Auburn, $381,594

Berne, $488,447

Churubusco, $1 million

Decatur, $905,709

DeKalb County, $813,429

Fort Wayne, $1 million

Fremont, $1 million

Garrett, $577,343

Huntington, $346,328

Kendallville, $315,630

Kosciusko County, $806,933

Ligonier, $595,005

Milford, $256,705

New Haven, $815,604

Noble County, $500,000

Ossian, $430,679

Rome City, $228,000

Sidney, $28,263

St. Joe, $82,615

Wells County, $266,401

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