By Berry Craig
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the $1 billion Next Level Connections infrastructure investment plan. “Today we’re sending a big message to the world that Indiana is making a huge investment in our quality of life and for those who aspire to join us,” said Holcomb. “We are linking Hoosiers to each other and to the world.”
The plan commits to bridging the digital divide by bringing high speed, affordable broadband to rural Indiana, linking communities across the state with more hiking, biking and riding trails, as well as completing major roads projects: accelerating completion of I-69 Section 6, building new interchanges on U.S. 31, making improvements to Highways 20 & 30 in northern Indiana and cleaning up the state’s highways.
Funding will also be used to bring more nonstop international flights to Indiana, complete analysis to build a fourth water port in Lawrenceburg and to pursue West Lake & South Shore rail projects in Northwest Indiana.
The Indiana Finance Authority will amend its agreement with the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC), which operates the Indiana Toll Road, to allow ITRCC to increase the toll rates for heavy vehicles by 35 percent, beginning in October. This rise in price will generate an expected $1 billion that will be used to fund planned road projects in seven Toll Road counties.
For more information, go to www.in.gov/gov. To read the press release, click here.