Money for highways, public transit, broadband and more are included in the U.S. Senate’s current version of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which could come to a vote as early as this weekend.
The money would be split between existing programs that fund highways, transit agencies and airports, and other initiatives designed to tackle goals such as repairing aging bridges and improving the accessibility of buses.
Despite several ongoing disputes, all sides — the White House, Republicans and Democrats — sounded upbeat that an accord was within reach as senators braced for a possible weekend session to finish the deal.
For weeks, the 10 Republicans and Democrats hashing out a roughly $1 trillion package to revitalize the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and internet connections have insisted that the group was close to finalizing a deal with the White House.
As discussions continued through the weekend, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said both sides were “about 90% of the way there” on an agreement.
Republicans have rejected Biden’s proposed corporate tax increase to pay for new investments, and instead want to shift unspent COVID-19 relief dollars to help cover the costs.
The Noblesville City Council approved vehicle excise and wheel taxes Tuesday to generate $1.8 million in annual revenue starting next year. The money is slated to pay for a portion of the city’s estimated $113 million Pleasant Street extension project.
The State Road 32 expansion project in downtown Westfield hit a speed bump Wednesday when the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board of the Department of Natural Resources voted to prolong the proposed route’s review by at least 30 days.
Jennifer Beck, a senior project manager for INDOT, appeared before the Westfield City Council to alleviate fears that an estimated $15 million project expanding State Road 32 from two lanes to four would cost the city far more than expected.
The Westfield City Council president is questioning whether to move forward with a road-widening project more than a decade in the making over concerns that it will exceed its budget.
The man known during his campaign as “Mayor Pete” faces the first test of that potential in his first job in Washington: Selling a $2.3 trillion infrastructure program that will be paid for with corporate tax hikes.
Games will be played throughout Indiana beginning Wednesday in Evansville, Indianapolis, Bloomington and West Lafayette.
A five-mile stretch of State Road 37 will be closed most of this year because of work on Interstate 69, and many local businesses expect a big influx of traffic through downtown as a result.
Cummins announced last year that it planned to build a $35 million office building at the corner of Interstate 65 and County Line Road, but the pandemic has the engine maker rethinking how to best use that site.
The North Split project, which was first announced in 2017, will reconfigure the Interstate 65/Interstate 70 interchange on the northeast side of downtown.
The state’s Community Crossings grant program has awarded more than $730 million to projects in all 92 counties over the past four years.
The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to partially or totally close two bridges over interstates at the northern edge of Fountain Square for 12 days each starting next week.
The launch of a $63 million project to add an interchange and rework another is likely to fuel a new blitz of commercial development in the state’s fastest-growing town.
Officials are estimating the corridor improvements will run $47 million over the project’s original $124 million budget.