Interstates/Highways

Illinois, Indiana governors host expressway forum

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
Governors from Illinois and Indiana kicked off a two-day forum Monday in hopes of attracting potential contractors, laborers and investors for a planned 47-mile expressway.
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INDOT will build interchange at U.S. 31 and S.R. 28Restricted Content

May 18, 2013
Indiana is upgrading and bypassing congested sections of U.S. 31 near Kokomo, South Bend and Indianapolis. When completed, the projects are expected to remove 32 stoplights from the route, cutting a half hour off travel time.
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Fed review finds Indiana highway land deals compliant

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Highway Administration report found Indiana Department of Transportation records were adequate and sufficient.
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State unlikely to act on push for lower booze level for driving

May 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Federal officials are recommending that states reduce the amount of alcohol people can drink and still get behind the wheel. But a key state lawmaker says that's not likely to happen in Indiana.
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State OKs private financing for roadworkRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Transportation will press ahead with a request for proposals on Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, in hopes that a public-private partnership will stretch limited state funds.
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Senate budget expected to boost road funding

April 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments and road builders are optimistic that the Indiana Senate's version of the state budget, set to debut Thursday, will mirror the House's $500 million increase for road building.
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Census: Hamilton County has high commuting rate

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that central Indiana's Hamilton County has one of the nation's highest ratios of residents who travel to another county for work.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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Local freeway congestion not getting worse, study finds

February 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis commuter spent an average of 41 hours in freeway delays during rush hour in 2011, the same as in 2010, according to a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
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Top senators eye state's sales tax for road needs

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers looking to plug a hole in state transportation spending are considering diverting the state's sales tax on gasoline to transportation.
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Mass transit group kicking off promotional campaign

January 10, 2013
Indy Connect, the local initiative supporting a $1.3 billion expansion of the transit system, plans to begin an advertising campaign for the proposal on Friday.
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UPDATE: Storm cancels Indy flights, triggers mall closings, snarls traffic

December 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport expected to have about 300 passenger flights arriving or departing on Wednesday, but a third of those were cancelled before midmorning. In addition, mall operator Simon Property Group announced its local shopping centers would close for the day.
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Fishers to kick in $8M toward new I-69 interchange

December 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Fishers Town Council voted Monday to spend $8 million in local funds toward construction of an Interstate 69 exit at 106th Street that will cost an estimated $25 million to build.
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Kenley pitching license plate tax to fund highway projectsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A license plate tax of $20 to $50 per car will be one of a raft of proposals considered by the Legislature next year as a way to fix a hole in funding for road maintenance, and to keep expanding Indiana’s system of highways.
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Study calls Indiana Toll Road lease a bad deal

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Toll Road lease may have paid off in the short term, but a new study concludes it'll be a bad deal for taxpayers in the long run. Indiana officials say the report is flawed.
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Indiana considers private firm for final I-69 legs

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is considering hiring a private firm to design and build the stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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New section of Interstate 69 getting positive reviews

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Users of the new 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 that opened two weeks ago in southern Indiana say it is already saving them time and money.
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SW Indiana leaders say area must seize I-69 prospects

November 13, 2012
Associated Press
The opening of the Interstate 69 extension's first section in southwestern Indiana next week presents economic opportunities that some business and government leaders say the area must seize.
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Interstate 69 extension under budget, set to open

November 2, 2012
The 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 connects communities from just northeast of Evansville at Interstate 64 to the U.S. 231 interchange near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.
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State to beef up busy south-side interchange

October 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State highway officials are accepting public comments through Monday on the most recent design tweaks for a $45 million reconstruction of the busy interchange at interstates 65 and 465 south of Indianapolis.
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Paving signals progress as I-69 creeps north

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Paving on both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 69 from Evansville to the U.S. 231 interchange in southern Greene County is nearly completed.
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State decides not to open Kokomo bypass early

September 24, 2012
Associated Press
State highway officials had considered opening a four-mile stretch of a U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo this fall, but now they say motorists won't be able to drive on the road until next year.
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Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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Gregg seeks $500M for transportation investment

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
Gubernatorial candidates are outlining their plans to enlist more corporate help for transportation needs as Indiana faces a new drop in road funds.
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Old concrete plant to be razed for road, nature areaRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Project will serve new Interstate 65 exit, serve as gateway to Greenwood.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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