STATEHOUSE - Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law House Bill 1371 that was authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). The bill will establish a joint study committee on transportation and infrastructure assessment and solutions.
The joint study committee will be made up of members from the House and the Senate Transportation Committees. Together they will assess the conditions of Indiana's transportation and infrastructure and project the demands through 2035. The committee will also decide whether Indiana's current transportation and infrastructure can meet the future demands and identify potential funding sources, both public and private. The committee will expire on January 1, 2016.
"As Chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee this is a bill I have found a need for," said Rep. Soliday. "The study committee will give us a reliable framework to identify our actual transportation infrastructure needs for the future and explore the resources available to rebuild our aging highway, rail, port and airport systems. We will be looking at it from a rural, urban and suburban perspective.
"The census shows that our population is growing steadily. That will have a long term effect on our transportation and infrastructure. We must look ahead now to decide how to best benefit Hoosiers and those traveling in Indiana."
The bill was signed into law on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by Gov. Mitch Daniels.