Governor Mike Pence will join the operators of the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County Tuesday afternoon for an infrastructure announcement. The event follows recent project announcements by the governor in Lake and Hamilton counties.
The announcement is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana Toll Road Administration Building in Granger. Pence will be joined by executives from Indiana Toll Road Concession Co.
Infrastructure has been a recent focal point for Pence and Indiana lawmakers. In December, Pence announced plans for nearly $124 million in improvements to State Road 37 in Hamilton County and as well as a $70 million project to widen Interstate 65 in Lake County to three lanes in each direction from Merrillville south to at least State Road 2 near Lowell.
Pence has called for $1 billion in road funding over the next four years as part of his "21st Century Crossroads Plan." House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath has called the plan "sheepish" and "the bare minimum." House Democrats have called for $2 billion in infrastructure spending over the next four years and for reallocating proceeds from the state’s gasoline sales tax and special fuels sales tax for state and local road improvements. House Roads and Transportation Committee Chairman Ed Soliday (R-4) has called the plan "shortsighted," saying it would deplete state reserves.