Rep. Soliday: Defining the future needs of Indiana's roads

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, September 7, 2011 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE - The Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, chaired by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), met on Tuesday to hear testimony from multiple organizations in Indiana about their suggestions for current and future needs regarding transportation and infrastructure in Indiana.

"The committee is currently working on defining the problem with the federal highway trust fund shrinking as the cost of repair products rises," said Rep. Soliday. "It appears there will be a significant gap, and we want to ensure that our counties, cities and towns have the tools they need to support their transportation and infrastructure systems.

"The committee will not discuss funding of these needs until next year when a new budget must be considered. We are not discussing raising taxes, but we are taking a methodical approach to deciding what our needs will be as the Crossroads of America and that local governments have the tools they need," said Rep. Soliday.