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Major Moves 2020 is Governor Mike Pence’s plan to invest an additional $400 million in expanding sections of four-lane interstates in Indiana.
In order to take care of what we have at a level of quality that Indiana taxpayers can expect, it is necessary for INDOT to invest approximately $750 million each year on bridge and pavement preservation. That level of annual spending, plus finishing what we started with I-69, the Ohio River Bridges and U.S. 31, will consume existing funding sources for the foreseeable future.
Governor Mike Pence’s 2014 legislative agenda proposed investing $400 million in expanding sections of four-lane interstates – two lanes in each direction – that are now approaching 50 years of age.
The General Assembly passed House Bill 1002, allowing all $400 million to be released over one year. Of that total, $200 million will go toward projects immediately, and the state may invest another $200 million after the December 2014 state revenue forecasts and Budget Committee review.
“Our infrastructure makes Indiana a national transportation hub and a global distribution powerhouse, and it is one of the reasons Indiana continues to be recognized as a great place to do business,” said Governor Pence.
Heavily-traveled interstate segments initially targeted for expansion are:
The first contracts will be bid later in 2014. Expansion of I-65 in Lake County is being procured along with the Illiana Corridor project. INDOT is exploring additional projects in southern Indiana and northeast of Indianapolis, which will be announced in conjunction with the second infusion of $200 million being released.
Most Major Moves 2020 work will occur within existing right–of-way, allowing the work to proceed quickly. Design-build contracts will be competitively bid later this year. This allows the design and construction to happen consecutively, rather than in sequence, speeding the construction timeline.
In most cases, two new travel lanes – one in each direction – will be built in the 60-foot-wide grassy median with a median barrier for safety. In some locations ramp lanes will be built along the outside of existing travel lanes.