Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Holcomb unveils ‘Next Level Roads’ plan

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017

By Andy Ober, INside Indiana

Governor Eric Holcomb has detailed plans for the first five years of a 20-year program to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. They include investing about $4.7 billion to resurface nearly 10,000 miles and repair or replace approximately 1,300 bridges. The Next Level Roads initiative also includes $342 million per year to help cities, towns and counties pay for local road projects. The Indiana General Assembly passed a comprehensive infrastructure plan during this year’s session, creating what Holcomb calls “a fully-funded plan in place for the next 20 years.”

The plan is funded in part by increases in dozens of taxes and fees approved as part of the infrastructure plan. That includes an increase of ten cents per gallon in the state’s fuel tax.

“While there’s a little cost with it, $78 now they say for the average Hoosier driver,” says Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma at an event this morning in Indianapolis, “some leave out the footnote that the average Hoosier driver pays almost $500 in additional maintenance to their vehicles because of the condition of state and local roads.”

Bosma joined Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness at Thursday’s announcement. During the event, Holcomb said the plan will help Hoosiers get from place to place quicker and more safely with projects “literally connecting three different countries when it’s all said and done.”

Holcomb signed the infrastructure bill into law in April, at the time calling it “a truly historic moment in the state’s history.” You can see the full details of the Next Level Roads plan by clicking here.

Five-year INDOT spending planned on roads and bridges in area counties from 2018 through 2022:

Adams - $22.5 million; 54 lane miles and nine bridges
Allen - $83 million; 310 lane miles and nine bridges
DeKalb - $34.7 million; 196 lane miles and 10 bridges
Huntington - $31.8 million; 191 lane miles and 13 bridges
Kosciusko - $41.3 million; 212 lane miles and 11 bridges
LaGrange - $13.6 million; 67 lane miles and one bridge
Noble - $13.6 million; 64 lane miles and nine bridges
Steuben - $32.7 million; 144 lane miles and 17 bridges
Wabash - $8.7 million; 60 lane miles and 11 bridges
Wells - $8.5 million; 49 lane miles and eight bridges
Whitley - $17.8 million; 93 lane miles and three bridges

Source: Indiana Department of Transportation

Shown in the photo is Gov. Eric Holcomb, at podium. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is shown at left.