updated: 6/7/2007 3:46:28 PM
Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that planned improvements to US 231 in southwest Indiana will begin two years ahead of schedule. The project includes widening US 231 between the Ohio River and I-64 to four lanes and building new interchanges at I-64 and State Road 162. Completion is now scheduled for 2011. Daniels says the accelerated schedule will save more than $4.6 million in construction costs.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Dale, Ind. -- Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that construction on the remaining phases of US 231, between the Ohio River and I-64, will start two years ahead of schedule. Accelerating the schedules also will save more than $4.6 million in construction costs.
“The sooner we get this road built, the sooner Hoosiers will benefit from the economic opportunity it provides,” said Governor Daniels. “It’s a key north-south corridor connecting major rail hubs and Ohio River ports. This kind of multi-modal network means growth and jobs.”
Widening US 231 from two to four lanes, and the construction of new interchanges at I-64 and SR 162, are part of Governor Daniels’ Major Moves highway program. Completion is planned for 2011 – more than two years ahead of schedule. The new, lower construction cost estimate is $158.2 million.
“We are being as aggressive as possible in moving schedules up,” added Daniels. “When INDOT starts a project earlier than scheduled, Indiana saves money. That money can go right back into building more roads, improving our infrastructure and creating more jobs.”
Construction from SR 70 to County Road (CR) 1250 North will be bid in October 2008, more than two years ahead of schedule. The segment from CR 1250 North to SR 162 will be bid in November 2007, approximately 2 years ahead of schedule. The project between SR 162 and SR 62 will be bid in December and will finish in late 2009. Work is currently taking place on each end of the US 231 corridor in Spencer County. The southern project will be completed by the end of 2007. The new interchange with I-64 and northern section of roadway will be completed in 2009.
Major Moves fully funds a decade of critical highway projects in Indiana. When completed in 2015, more than 200 new construction and 200 major highway preservation projects will have been built. Major Moves capitalizes on Indiana’s strategic location at the Crossroads of America by building a superior road infrastructure. This innovative plan will bring jobs to the Hoosier State and leave a legacy for Indiana to be a global leader in distribution and logistics.
Source: Office of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels