More than $1 billion in federal and state funding for infrastructure improvement projects in northwest Indiana have received a key approval. The Indiana Department of Transportation has given the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission's four-year plan the go-ahead.
It includes more than 50 projects. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report 60 percent of the funding will come from federal sources.
Some of the higher-ticket plans include nearly $4.2 million for the first phase of a major streetscape overhaul in downtown Hobart, more than $6.3 million for reconstruction of a key interchange near the lakeshore and Gary/Chicago International Airport and nearly $2.7 million for maintenance to U.S. 30 in LaPorte and Starke counties.
The publication reports the funds represent the highest requested total in the history of the commission.