State maintained bridge ratings continue to exceed national average
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced today that the agency’s 2015 construction season resulted in an investment of more than $1 billion in State and Local road, bridge, trail, and traffic safety projects. The mix of federal and state transportation funding along with funds from Governor Mike Pence’s Major Moves 2020 program allowed INDOT to invest aggressively in major projects to improve traffic flow and reduce travel time, and increase preservation work to enhance the condition of existing pavement and bridges. In addition to INDOT’s construction program, the State allocated more than $220 million to cities, towns, and counties across the Hoosier state to support local transportation projects.
“I want to thank the INDOT team for their dedication to modernizing and maintaining Indiana’s transportation network,” Governor Mike Pence said. “In 2015, we took significant steps forward in enhancing our highway system with the opening of a new section of I-69 in Southwest Indiana and the opening of the U.S. 31 freeway in Hamilton County among other projects. At the same time, we continued to invest in preserving bridges and improving pavement conditions all across the state. In 2016, my administration is committed to securing additional funding for both State and Local roads and bridges – ensuring that Indiana remains the Crossroads of America.”
Major Projects Completed in 2015
- I-69 Section 4 opened in December adding 27 miles of new interstate in Southwest Indiana connecting Bloomington to Crane. The opening now provides an interstate connection between Evansville and Bloomington.
- The new U.S. 31 freeway in Hamilton County eliminated 13 stoplights in Carmel and Westfield and combined with completed U.S. 31 projects in Kokomo and Northern Indiana has reduced travel time between Indianapolis and South Bend by 30 minutes.
- Congestion eased on south side of Indianapolis by adding travel lanes to I-65 between Southport Road and Main Street in Greenwood. The project was part of Governor Pence’s Major Moves 2020 program to widen and rehabilitate critical segments of Indiana’s interstate network.
- Traffic flow improved in Evansville with the September opening of the new full cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 41 and State Road 62/66 (Lloyd Expressway). The project reconfigured the interchange in downtown Evansville into a full-cloverleaf interchange design and building a new pedestrian bridge.
- The new diverging diamond interchange at I-65 and Worthsville Road provided new interstate access and improved east-west connectivity for residents and business in a rapidly growing area of Central Indiana.
- The rehab of two major ramp bridges connecting I-65 and I-70 in Indy’s south split during June and July was a highlight of the State’s $103 million investment in bridge projects during 2015.
INDOT’s 2015 Construction Season by the Numbers
- $1 billion total investment by the State in nearly 400 transportation construction projects
- $220 million allocated by INDOT to counties, cities, and towns for local projects
- 1,720 miles of existing pavement rehabilitated
- 459 bridges rehabilitated or replaced
- 180 miles of new road opened to traffic
- 2 new or reconstructed interchanges
To learn more about how INDOT is modernizing Indiana’s transportation infrastructure, visit www.in.gov/indot.