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Governor Daniels Touts Transportation Successes

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says INDOT has experienced a cultural change and is pushing ahead with its projects.

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Governor Mitch Daniels says INDOT has completed several roads projects without overspending.

Governor Mitch Daniels is highlighting the work done by the state’s department of transportation. He touted the organization’s successes before a group of engineers, contractors and local officials at Purdue’s annual Road School.

Daniels says the agency’s staff have adopted new practices and experimented with different ways of doing business over the past five years.

“It’s a huge obligation to do that as smart, as wisely and creatively as possible,” he says. “I know it hasn’t come easy. I’ve asked enough INDOT people to say this with confidence. There’s been a great cultural change in that organization. They are in a go mode all the time.”

According to figures from the department, it saves roughly $10 million a year through optimized pavement design. That means reducing the thickness of asphalt roads by 15 percent and concrete by 11 percent, which still allows for a 30-year life of the road.

Daniels also reported 50 road projects in the state are finished thanks to the Major Moves funding program, and another 37 will be completed by the end of 2015.

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