Indiana House Republicans are tying Gov. Mike Pence’s extra Regional Cities funding to the bill, along with a 13th check for pensioners.
The $70 million project will add the additional lanes for more than 10 miles from near U.S. 30 in Merrillville to at least the Indiana 2 interchange near the Lake County town of Lowell.
Congress has dedicated the money to Indiana roads and bridges as part of a 5-year, $281 billion compromise over transportation spending. The measure also includes $500 million for public transit in Indiana.
The key question is what the Indiana Legislature can do in a short or non-budget-making session, which will convene in January.
The bridge has been closed since Aug. 7, which has caused lengthy delays for drivers on a 52-mile detour from near Lebanon around the west side of Lafayette and West Lafayette.
A central Indiana sheriff is using a state grant to enlist other law enforcement agencies in patrolling alternate routes for traffic that has been rerouted from the closed northbound lanes of Interstate 65.
The bridge closing on one of the state’s busiest interstates has created big traffic backups for anyone trying to travel from Indianapolis to the Chicago area.
Pence said he's supportive of discussions among lawmakers about focusing the 2017 legislative session on infrastructure.
Interstate 65 traffic is being diverted from northbound I-65 onto U.S. 52 at Lebanon for a detour taking drivers north of Lafayette.
The state highway department said a contractor plans to begin work March 16 on a $36 million project for rebuilding and widening I-65 between Southport Road in Indianapolis and the Main Street interchange in Greenwood.
A planned 47-mile expressway between Illinois and Indiana is on hold after new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order aimed at addressing the state's deep budget problems.
Four people who were on board a double-decker passenger bus that crashed in Greenwood this week are suing the bus company for negligence.