Lucas: Counties to receive more than $82M for road funding over next five years

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of the ‘Next Level Roads’ Initiative announced today by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb:

STATEHOUSE (July 13, 2017) – “In the next five years, our local communities will receive more than $82 million to improve our local roads and bridges, and fund vital infrastructure projects. This funding was made available thanks to a responsible and comprehensive plan passed by the legislature this session. These local improvements will help keep Hoosiers safe as they travel on our roadways, while also helping to secure Indiana’s position as the Crossroads of America.”

Click here for a link to a county list of construction projects and the Next Level Roads Plan.

Bartholomew County will receive more than $30 million, Jackson County will receive more than $36 million, Jefferson County will receive more than $12 million and Jennings County will receive more than $4 million.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Press release

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2017

Gov. Holcomb Announces Construction Plan for First Five Years of Indiana’s

‘Next Level Roads’ Initiative

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness today kicked off Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative and shared construction plans for the first five years of a new 20-year program to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. They were joined by members of the Indiana General Assembly, who advanced legislation this session that provides funding for a long-term, sustainable, data-driven infrastructure plan.

“Our transportation network of roads and bridges plays a major part in Indiana’s success story both now and in the future,” Gov. Holcomb said. “With a fully-funded plan in place for the next 20 years, Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana will remain the Crossroads of America for generations to come. I thank our lawmakers for their committed leadership to make this possible, and I commend INDOT for working hard to identify key projects so that we could be ready to roll with this five-year plan so quickly.”

In May, Gov. Holcomb asked INDOT to provide a list of projects to begin and complete in the next five years to maintain Indiana’s position as the Crossroads of America.

The road construction plan for the first five years of Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative outlines specific INDOT projects that will preserve existing roads and bridges, finish current projects and invest in Indiana’s overall transportation system. The plan outlines approximately $4.7 billion in total investment over the next five years—resurfacing nearly 10,000 lane miles of pavement and repairing or replacing approximately 1,300 bridges.

Beyond this initial, five-year investment in state (INDOT) projects, the Next Level Roads initiative provides an additional $342 million annually to support Indiana cities, towns and counties for local road projects by 2024.

“This much-needed and massive investment means there will be many road construction zones, slower traffic, and orange cones and barrels in every part of our state,” said INDOT Commissioner McGuinness. “I encourage Hoosiers and visitors to plan alternate routes and be mindful of work-zone safety precautions. The long-term benefits gained in safety, mobility and growth outweigh the short-term inconveniences, because the results will be reduced congestion, smooth highways, improved safety, and better roads and bridges across Indiana—for residents and visitors alike.”

With the bipartisan passage of HEA 1002, Indiana has a fully-funded plan to operate, maintain and improve every state road and bridge—a fact almost no other state can claim. INDOT is also working with local communities to create similar plans for local roads and bridges and will award funding for local projects through its Community Crossings initiative in the coming months.

To view the construction plan for the first five years of Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative by project, by county or by statewide totals, visit www.in.gov/indot/.