INDOT is weighing the pros and cons of 14 alternative paths for I-69—the original plan and ones utilizing routes to the east and west of the SR 37 corridor.
The budget has language authorizing INDOT to fund the rail line if the Hoosier State Line goes forward.
Gov. Mike Pence has already appointed INDOT's deputy commissioner to take over for Karl Browning.
Weather permitting, pavement repairs along State Road 37 in Martinsville will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and continue through the summer months.
The line, which has faced several threats of closure in recent months, was set to cease operation at the end of this month if a deal wasn’t reached.
State and federal authorities must reach a decision before April 30 to save the Hoosier State Line railroad.
INDOT previously said service on the line would end April 1 because of a Federal Railroad Administration decision to classify the state as a railroad carrier.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has extended the passenger rail service's contract while long-term negotiations on the Hoosier State line continue.
INDOT officials say factors have changed since the initial route along State Road 37 was selected ten years ago
INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning doesn't recommend raising the gas tax but says an increasing number of bridges and roads in the state are in poor condition.