The company that leases the Indiana Toll Road from the state has announced plans to spend $200 million in improvements on the 157-mile highway stretching across the northern part of the state between Ohio and Illinois.
The Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. announced Tuesday the work will be done on a 70-mile section of the Toll Road from Portage to Elkhart. The work will include new asphalt, work on interchanges, shoulder replacement and work on 53 bridges.
State funds will not be used on the project. Work is scheduled to begin in March and be completed by December 2017.
Gov. Mike Pence said the project will create 300 union construction jobs. Pence said it is the largest project on the road since it was built more than 50 years ago. The work will be done by Indiana-based Rieth-Riley Construction Co.
The project is expected to comply with Buy Indiana goals of purchasing 90 percent of materials from state businesses.