NM, LaFontaine receive state funds

By Eric Christiansen
Joseph Slacian

The towns of LaFontaine and North Manchester were among the 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties to receive funds from the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings initiative.

North Manchester will receive $627,975, while LaFontaine will receive $50,671. In all, $115 million in state-matching funds were distributed for local road projects.

“It’s a big chuck of change,” North Manchester Town Manager Adam Penrod said. “The one we’ve been trying for for some time is Wayne Street – it’s bad, especially in the winter, and the base isn’t really good.”

Wayne Street will be worked on from Main Street to 7th Street.

“I don’t know what the time is yet … but that’s a much needed road,” Penrod said.

He said he hopes some new curbing can also be a possibility.

A few blocks west, Walnut Street will get a new surface from Main Street to Kosher Street, while Beckley Street will be treated from 9th Street to State Road 13.

In LaFontaine, the funds will be used for paving, curb repair and installation and upkeep of Americans with Disabilities Act ramps around the community, Clerk-Treasurer Diana Heath said.

“Indiana’s fully funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a news release. “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”

The program has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications.

The Indiana Department of Transportation now accepts applications in January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects.

Posted on 2019 Apr 02