This year, about a third of the roads in Whiteland will be repaved or repaired, with much of the money for the projects coming from a state grant.

The state’s Community Crossings grant program awarded the town $731,000, more than 10 times its annual road paving budget and the highest amount awarded to any local community, according to information from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

In all, local communities were awarded more than $3.3 million in the state grant program, which started last year and is funded with state tax dollars. Last year, local communities got more than $4 million, but more communities across the state were applying this year, making the competition more steep.

In Whiteland, that means multiple neighborhood streets, along with main routes, will get much needed paving work. Tracy Road and Front Street are due for paving, town manager Norm Gabehart said.

See Thursday’s Daily Journal for more information.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.