The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) says it is kicking off a $2 billion construction season encompassing 1,100 projects. These figures don’t include additional money from an INDOT emergency-repair fund, to be earmarked for potholes, WIBC reports.
The agency says $50 million will go to repair highways in Marion County, with another $90 million for the rest of the state.
Major projects will include the completion of new lanes on I-69 between Muncie and Anderson and on I-65 in Lake County. As well, federal grants will allow the state to begin work on new traffic lanes on 65 north of Lebanon and near Columbus.
On March 19, Governor Eric Holcomb joined INDOT commissioner Joe McGuinness, law enforcement, and road construction industry partners to kick off the 2019 Next Level Roads construction season.
The kickoff event was held at the INDOT’s Office of Materials Management in Indianapolis. The office develops, inspects and tests materials used to construct and maintain highways to ensure products used are efficient and effective.
“Maintaining our leading position as the Crossroads of America is vital to growing Indiana’s economy, attracting new employers, expanding existing businesses and providing a quality of life we can be proud of,” Gov. Holcomb stated. “Because of our state’s fully-funded plan, INDOT and local communities are making meaningful infrastructure investments with results that will be felt throughout Indiana for years to come.”