Indiana Officials Outline Five-Year Infrastructure Plan

Beyond the first five-year investment in state projects, the initiative provides an additional $342 million annually to support Indiana cities, towns, and counties for local road projects by 2024.

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness kicked off Indiana's Next Level Roads initiative as they recently shared construction plans for the first five years of a new, 20-year program to improve the state's roads and bridges.

"Our transportation network of roads and bridges plays a major part in Indiana's success, story both now and in the future," Holcomb said. "With a fully funded plan in place for the next 20 years, Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana will remain the Crossroads of America for generations to come. I thank our lawmakers for their committed leadership to make this possible, and I commend INDOT for working hard to identify key projects so that we could be ready to roll with this five-year plan so quickly."

In May, Holcomb asked INDOT to provide a list of projects to begin and complete in the next five years. The construction plan for the first five years of Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative outlines specific INDOT projects that will preserve existing roads and bridges, finish current projects, and invest in the state's overall transportation system. The plan outlines approximately $4.7 billion in total investment during those five years — including resurfacing nearly 10,000 lane miles of pavement and repairing or replacing approximately 1,300 bridges.

Beyond the first five-year investment in state projects, the initiative provides an additional $342 million annually to support Indiana cities, towns, and counties for local road projects by 2024. "This much-needed and massive investment means there will be many road construction zones, slower traffic, and orange cones and barrels in every part of our state," INDOT's McGuinness said. "I encourage Hoosiers and visitors to plan alternate routes and be mindful of work-zone safety precautions. The long-term benefits gained in safety, mobility, and growth outweigh the short-term inconveniences, because the results will be reduced congestion, smooth highways, improved safety, and better roads and bridges across Indiana, for residents and visitors alike."

To read the construction plan, visit www.in.gov/indot/.

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