There’s no question that tolling one of Indiana’s interstates could generate serious cash to help maintain the state’s roads. But are taxpayers willing to pay a few bucks to travel highways that now are free?
The group says its alternative vision for the north-split project includes building below-grade highways, reducing the amount of land currently used for public rights of way and freeing dozens of acres for development.
The group says the revised plan for the north-split interchange falls short on increasing connectivity between neighborhoods separated by the interstates, and boosting economic development opportunities.
The amendment to the state’s agreement with the private operator of the Indiana Toll Road requires the company to pay the state $1 billion and invest an additional $50 million in toll road improvements.
A proposed fee increase on heavy-duty commercial vehicles that use the Indiana Toll Road was negotiated without legislative involvement and with considerable secrecy, according to some Indiana lawmakers.
Amid heavy demand for truckers, Walmart wants to reduce its driver hiring process from 70 days to 30, and pilot programs to do that are under way in Indianapolis and the company’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.