INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a major investment in road and bridge projects throughout the state. INDOT has awarded 65 contracts worth $117 million.

The contracts include 24 bridge and road paving projects, 13 bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects and maintenance or repairs to six bridges. Sixteen of the projects were for city, town and county projects.

Some of the contracts include:

  • The new U.S. 33 alignment in Goshen was awarded to Rieth Riley Construction in South Bend for $18.9 million.
  • The new I-69 exit at 106th Street in Fishers was awarded to Walsh Construction Company of Crown Point for $21.7 million.
  • Milestone Contractors of Richmond will repave State Road 26 from S.R. 1 to S.R. 67 in Jay County and replace the S.R. 26 bridge superstructure over Brooks Creek for $8.2 million.
  • State Road 60 will be repaved from Sellersburg to New Pekin through a $4.4 million contract with E&B Paving of Anderson.
  • The I-64 bridges over Big Creek and Indiana Southern Railroad in Warrick County will be repaved as part of a $3.4 million contract with Ragle Inc. of Newburgh.
  • Repaving of State Road 23 in St. Joseph County was awarded to Walsh & Kelly Inc. of South Bend for $2.8 million.
  • More than 3 miles of U.S. 136 and State Road 32 in Crawfordsville will be repaved under a $2.2 million contract with Rieth Riley Construction in Indianapolis.
  • New cable barriers on Interstate 865 in Boone County was awarded to James H. Drew Corporation of Indianapolis for $258,000.

INDOT says it has been expanding its investments in maintenance and preservation projects for pavement and bridges. Over the last three years, state bridges rated as "fair or better" have increased from 93 percent to 95.3 percent. The national average is 94 percent.

The local contracts include sidewalks, crosswalks and related improvement projects near Aurora, Bloomington, Brownsburg, Cedar Lake, Converse, Danville, Fairmount, Gary, Merrillville, Valparaiso, Van Buren and Yorktown. INDOT announced last week the investment of an additional $7.5 million to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as part of its "Common Paths" initiative.