Holcomb announced in September that fees along the 157-mile toll road would increase by 35 percent for heavy vehicles and that the state would in turn reap $1 billion to spend on new infrastructure projects.
The two federal grants are to be used to increase the capacity of sections of Interstate 65 in south central and north central Indiana.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his decision Thursday afternoon after the Indiana Department of Transportation released a strategic plan for interstate tolling that was mandated by a transportation infrastructure funding law passed in 2017.
Podcast host Mason King talks with Rethink 65/70 member Paul Knapp, the CEO of Young & Laramore, about the group’s plan to put parts of the highway below grade. Then he talks with INDOT spokesman Scott Manning and HNTB’s Kia Gillette about whether the state will consider Rethink’s ideas.
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 Westfield City Council on Monday night approved an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation on a construction project that is expected to transform the city’s downtown.
Downtown community groups and neighbors fought the state’s original plan that called for road widening, saying the interstates would encroach even farther into residential areas.
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.
GM said the power steering can fail momentarily during a voltage drop and suddenly return, mainly during low-speed turns. Such a failure increases the risk of a crash.
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.
As one of Hamilton Crossing Centre’s key tenants prepares to close its doors, the future of the Kite Realty development along Meridian Street in Carmel remains unclear.
The city of Bloomington says the state will miss its Aug. 31 target for substantially completing Section 5 of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the final stages of construction of a 21-mile section of the highway from Bloomington to Martinsville.
The project will close both directions of Interstate 65 between the Meridian Street and 21st Street exits starting next week.
Construction work should be starting soon on a project that will widen or repave a 14-mile section of Interstate 69 northeast of Indianapolis.
The state is required to study interstate tolling options under the 2017 road-funding plan, which raised gas taxes.
Both the mayor and the Rethink coalition are urging state transportation officials to do a more comprehensive study of options for the $250 downtown interchange project.