The Indiana Department of Transportation on Tuesday unveiled its project rankings for its ten-year construction plan. The projects were recently ranked based on ten criteria, including potential economic benefits and ratings supplied by elected officials, businesses, and area residents.
At two crowded sessions Tuesday in Seymour, INDOT Division of Planning Director John Weaver said the extension of I-69 falls in the middle of the pack of potential projects in INDOT’s Seymour District. He says a separate funding package for the I-69 project will be unveiled next month.
INDOT Director of Communications Gary Abell says the state’s $2.1 billion funding shortfall for new highway projects over the next ten years has led to innovative funding ideas. He says INDOT officials recently traveled to Texas to gather more info about the funding of highway construction projects there.
Abell says toll roads are one of the options currently being considered by INDOT. He says INDOT hopes the funding package to be unveiled in September will allow construction of the I-69 extension to begin in next ten years.
INDOT Chief of Staff Corey Carr emphasized that the listing presented at the meeting was a preliminary one, and enouraged feedback from the public. INDOT plans five other regional meetings on highway priorities over the next two weeks.