INDOT Toasting 'Opening Season'

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(Image courtesy of INDOT) State, city and business officials gathered in Fishers Wednesday for the ribbon cutting at the new I-69 and 106th Street interchange. (Image courtesy of INDOT) State, city and business officials gathered in Fishers Wednesday for the ribbon cutting at the new I-69 and 106th Street interchange.
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As state transportation officials marked completion of a $22 million interchange on I-69 in Fishers, a spokesman with the Indiana Department of Transportation says Hoosiers are "in the thick of opening season." Additional high-profile infrastructure projects include the Ohio River Bridges Project in southeast Indiana, a big revamp of U.S. 40 in Brazil and a key interchange at U.S. 31 and State Road 28 in Tipton County. The largest is the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, a partnership between the states of Indiana and Kentucky, which will be the subject of ribbon cuttings this month.

The project includes the East End Crossing (Indiana's portion of the work) and the Downtown Crossing (Kentucky's portion of the work).

INDOT's Will Wingfield tells Inside INdiana Business the Jeffersonville to Louisville project will have a big economic impact on the region. He says an economic impact study of the project estimates it will generate a $87 million economic impact and sustain 15,000 jobs in the first 30 years after completion. The Ohio River Bridges Project is the largest-ever joint transportation project between Indiana and Kentucky. A ticketed event to honor the organizers and community leaders behind the work slated for Monday at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville has been sold out.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday in Fishers, INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson described what makes the work in Fishers unique. It's an oval-shaped roundabout interstate interchange with two separate, two-land bridges and she said "we don't have a lot of those, I have not seen a lot of those across the country. So, this is very unique in its design." She says the effort has been a long time in the making and involved collaboration with current Mayor Scott Fadness before his current position even existed and before Fishers became classified as a city at the beginning of 2015.

INDOT's Will Wingfield tells Inside INdiana Business the Jeffersonville to Louisville project will have a big economic impact on the region.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday in Fishers, INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson described what makes the work in Hamilton County unique.
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