Many believe part of that plan should include regular, automatic increases, based on something like inflation or the consumer price index.
Legislative leaders laid out their vision for the upcoming session as newly elected and reelected lawmakers were sworn in.
Democrat and Republican leaders at the Statehouse agree – a long-term road funding plan will be the General Assembly’s top priority in 2017.
More than 60 rural communities around Indiana are sharing nearly $80 million in federal funding for road and bridge improvements and other projects.
And an idea promoted by a Purdue expert testifying before the panel provoked debate among its members: the value of vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, fees.
INDOT gave matching grants up to $1 million for local infrastructure projects to more than 230 cities and 78 counties.
The co-chairs of Indiana’s roads task force says they’re exploring the idea of developing its recommendation for the General Assembly behind closed doors.
As the state decides how to spend future transportation funding dollars, determining the conditions of Indiana’s infrastructure is a vital piece of the puzzle.
Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb says the state can now fulfill a promise put in place by this past legislative session’s road funding package.
INDOT is hosting a series of meetings for Indiana Farm Bureau members to discuss road and bridge funding.