Lagro officials celebrate completion of road project

Lagro Town Board President Richard Monce (center) cuts the ribbon to mark the grand re-opening of Canal, Main and Webster streets in Lagro. Joining in the dedication were Council member Jim Curless, Utility Superintendent Scott Siders, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski representative Christopher Lee (second, from right) and State Sen. Andy Zay. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Local, state and federal representatives celebrated the grand re-opening of Canal Street, Main Street and Webster Street in Lagro.

The improvements were made possible through new funding provided by the Indiana General Assembly. In 2016, state lawmakers created the Community Crossings grant program. During its inaugural year, the program provided nearly $86 million in road funding to Indiana’s cities and towns. Locally, Lagro received $22,782.50.

The funding “helped provide a lot more paving than we could ever have anticipated,” Lagro Clerk-Treasurer Kristie Bone said during the ceremony. “We anticipate using the grant again at some point. Legislators, thank you.”

Zay said continuing to fund and expand initiatives such as the Community Crossings program “is what is going to be vital to small communities like Lagro and even a little bit larger communities like Wabash and Huntington, and some of the surrounding communities.”

“It is time,” he continued. “Maybe it’s beyond time. I called it my ‘welcome to the senate moment.’ I cut taxes for 10 or 11 years, and I was asked to raise them. I was proud to do it.

“To have a 20-year vision on roads is a commitment not only here in Lagro, but some of the highways and byways they’re looking at. We’ve got a very vital economy, and this is what is going to allow the communities to grow and get our products to the marketplace, which is all over the world.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 22