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Pence Releases Millions For Transportation Projects

Pence Thursday signed legislation authorizing the release of $400 million for transportation projects.

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Pence says the money will be used for upgrades on I-65 and I-70.

Governor Mike Pence says he’s confident the Indiana Department of Transportation will receive the full $400 million set aside by the legislature for major road construction projects. He signed a bill today authorizing the release of the money.

The General Assembly last year appropriated $400 million into a transportation fund for future, long-term projects. After Governor Pence called on the legislature to release that money, lawmakers passed a bill transferring half of the money to INDOT now.

Release of the other $200 million is subject to approval by the State Budget Committee…and that approval hinges largely on the December revenue forecast.

Pence says despite revenue struggles this fiscal year, recent job announcements give him confidence in the state’s economy:

“We’re making the kind of fiscal decisions that are going to ensure we end this fiscal year with $100 million in surplus and I’m very confident that we’ll be able at the end of the year, barring unforeseen circumstances, to be able to free up all of those dollars and put them to work in our economy,” says Pence.

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says the money needs to be focused on major improvements to the state’s highways.

Pence says the dollars will go towards expanding roads such as Interstates 65 and 70.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    They wait until the roads are so bad, they damage the cars and trucks that drive on them. Then they say, it is all about interstate highways. ^&^%^%$#$##! The upkeep of the Interstate Highway System should be done with federal money not state. It was a federal project and should stay a federal project. We must have improvements to virtually all of the bridges and roads in our state. We are made fun of by truckers as the state with the worst secondary roads. That money should ONLY be spent on county and secondary inter-county paved road upkeep.

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