The road funding debate has led to a strange dynamic, with Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democrats pushing back against a House GOP plan to raise taxes.
A Senate committee unanimously advanced Pence’s proposal, while another Senate committee unanimously approved a bill supported by Pence.
Some lawmakers are skeptical about a proposal that would fund road priorities through tolls.
The project took more than three years to finish and there are still two more sections of the controversial highway left to be completed.
The governor says crews will widen the interstate to three lanes in each direction from Merrillville south to "at least State Road 2 near Lowell."
A federal transportation bill is on its way to the president’s desk. The five-year funding plan cleared the Senate Thursday night.
Pence says the Democrats' proposal could bankrupt the state.
Some estimates say local governments need $500 million more per year to maintain existing pavement.
Several officials agreed maintaining existing transportation systems would be as important, if not more, than new additions.
GOP lawmakers are enthusiastic about the idea of devoting more money to help improve the state’s infrastructure, but they aren’t fully embracing the plan.