Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Pence Wants Public-Private Partnerships To Fund Rest Of I-69

The governor says finding public-private partnerships to finish the road will rank above most other priorities for INDOT.

daniels cuts banner

Photo: Wes Martin/WFIU-WTIU News

Gov. Mitch Daniels cuts a banner signifying the opening of Interstate 69.

Governor Mike Pence Wednesday listed the completion of Interstate 69 above most other road funding priorities.

The governor says finding public-private partnerships for the road’s final stages from Martinsville to Indianapolis ranks ahead of almost all other road projects when it comes to allocating an additional $200 million a year given to the Indiana Department of Transportation in the recently-passed state budget.

“Other than the Ohio River bridges projects and finishing [U.S.] 31 without stoplights from our capital city to South Bend, I think I-69 is our top priority,” Pence says.  “And the resources that have been set aside give us the opportunity to make a down payment on that, and they give us the latitude to consider a variety of financing options for that in the future.”

But when a reporter suggested the governor didn’t directly answer a question about whether the road would be paid for in part by tolls, Pence was cagey.

“There may be other projects where that might make more sense,” he says.  “In this case, when I think of public-private partnerships, I more think of finding the resources in the private sector to finance what we’re doing in the long term. And we’ve not had extensive discussions about tolls relative to the completion of I-69.”

Then-Governor Mitch Daniels steadfastly declared the road would not use tolls to build its first three sections from Evansville to the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, but Pence’s Wednesday announcement focused on the possibility private firms would use their money to build the road’s final two sections.  Pence says I-69’s completion is a higher priority than other projects this year’s budget would fund, including expanding Interstates 65 and 70 to six lanes throughout the state.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Transportation Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook