Interstates/Highways

RACE: Rest areas, welcome centers send negative message

August 30, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indiana has branded itself as the Crossroads of America. We take pride in being an automotive and industrial state. You’d think we’d embrace the idea of rest stops that welcome visitors and celebrate the car culture.
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Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

July 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for Interstate 69 to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.
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State sells $244 million in bonds for I-69 segment

July 25, 2014
Associated Press
The project will upgrade Indiana 37 to interstate standards. It's part of the I-69 extension that will connect Indianapolis and Evansville.
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Judge blocks ordinance aimed at I-69 work noise

July 21, 2014
Associated Press
Marion County Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise on the project between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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Suit tests INDOT policy of charging for highway repairsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A trucking company is challenging the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue for damage to state property, a lawsuit that could affect thousands of motorists and millions of dollars in revenue.
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State officials confident federal highway funds will come through

July 17, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Indiana has not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if Congress fails to pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund.
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Indiana sues county over I-69 noise ordinance

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is suing the commissioners of a southern Indiana county, saying they have no authority to limit construction of the Interstate 69 extension near Bloomington with an ordinance that restricts overnight noise.
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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

July 9, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday.
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Indiana Toll Road operator facing debt woes

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
The Spanish-Australian investor group Cintra-Macquarie paid the state $3.8 billion in 2006 for a 75-year lease of the 157-mile highway, but its toll revenue hasn't met expectations.
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Illiana highway ruling slowed by wildlife concerns

June 11, 2014
Associated Press
Federal approval for the Illiana Expressway toll road has been delayed by concerns from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partly over how the project might affect endangered species, an Indiana Department of Transportation project manager said.
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Shine comes off privatization for state projects

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
New approaches to privatization have forced officials in Indiana and Illinois to rethink their funding plans for the 47-mile Illiana Expressway.
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UPDATE: Fatal accident wreaks havoc on north-side traffic

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
Two highway workers were killed when a pickup truck crashed in an Interstate 69 construction zone on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Morning commute traffic backed up for miles.
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Indiana, Illinois sign deal to build Illiana toll road

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
The 33-page document posted online Tuesday specifies that Indiana will spend $80 million to $110 million and Illinois will pay a minimum of $250 million to build the 47-mile-long Illiana Expressway toll road.
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Keystone-style overhaul discussed for key Hamilton County corridor

May 3, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A study recommends replacing as many as 10 signalized intersections along State Road 37 with roundabout interchanges, dropping the highway under the cross streets.
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Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.
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Indiana agencies finalize deal for new I-69 section

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana officials have approved a pact with a private company that will finance and build the new section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville.
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Groups hope to revive Indiana Commerce Connector

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies hopes to revive a proposal for a highway that would connect the region's major interstates and communities.
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Harsh winter costs Indiana highway agency $57M

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation used 437,000 tons of salt and more than 5 million gallons of salt brine, and its trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles.
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New highways funds aimed at I-65, job creation

April 3, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
The construction planned with the money, as well as an additional $200 million that's being held pending review, could create as many as 9,800 jobs in the state, INDOT estimates.
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State to widen Interstate 65 south of Southport

March 31, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Greenwood-area commuters should have more breathing room on Interstate 65 after a highway-widening project planned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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Study will seek answers to transportation funding issue

March 21, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Department of Transportation will launch an expansive study seeking new ways to finance road construction and maintenance, according to a bill passed by the Indiana legislature awaiting the governor's signature.
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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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Compromise bill allows state to spend $200M on interstates

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The House passed the compromise bill 95-4, even as a number of lawmakers – including Democrats – complained that the legislation doesn’t include any money for local roads.
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Indiana road-funding measure nears final vote

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate lawmakers are still deciding whether to release $200 million for road expansion projects.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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