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Road Funding To Be Used To Upgrade Interstates

Lawmakers say releasing transportation money for new projects will help improve Indiana highways but the the final dollar amount is still undecided.

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$200 million dollars will be spent to add lanes to sections of Interstates 65, 69 and 70.

The General Assembly set aside $400 million last year into a transportation fund for future, long-term projects.

Legislation this session released half of that money to the Pence administration now.

Release of the second $200 million is subject to approval from the state budget committee.

Noblesville Republican Senator Luke Kenley, who chairs the budget committee, says he’s not sure whether the rest of the money will be released.

“What we really want to do is give ourselves and give the governor the chance to see where we are in the economic landscape come next December when we get our next revenue forecast,” Kenley says.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says while he supported the bill, he would like to have seen some money given to local communities as they struggle to repair roads damaged by the harsh winter.

“I want to be able to safely drive the state highways and the interstates, I get that,” Lanane says. ” But I want to be able to get from my driveway to three blocks down to the grocery store and there’s a hundred potholes.”

The Pence administration says the money will be used to add lanes to sections of Interstates 65, 69 and 70.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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