The proposed first steps would cover less than half of the state’s needs.
Indiana’s infrastructure task force approved recommendations that include raising taxes to generate funds for roads and bridges.
The Pike County Economic Development Corporation says a state agency recently declared the tract as site Certified Silver.
Many believe part of that plan should include regular, automatic increases, based on something like inflation or the consumer price index.
The task force will issue its recommendations at its last meeting in December.
Democrat and Republican leaders at the Statehouse agree – a long-term road funding plan will be the General Assembly’s top priority in 2017.
The university's School of Public and Environmental Affairs took a look at the popularity of mileage user fees as half the states consider them.
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.
The Reason Foundation, a Libertarian policy think tank, ranks each state’s highway system every few years.
The bypass will run about 6 miles and link Interstate 70 and U.S. 41 around the city's southeast side.