IN Legislature giving $400 million to road projects


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) This week marked the end of the road for Indiana’s General Assembly short session. But, the work of this year’s assembly could open new roads in the Wabash Valley; roads that could lead to jobs.

Often it’s difficult to see results from Indianapolis back home in the Wabash Valley. However, after this year’s General assembly the difference you see may be on your open roads.

“House Bill 1002, unbelievable it brings a smile to my face because it’s going to do some great things in this state,” Alan Morrison. “It’s $200 million now and then $200 million in 2015.”

That $400 million is all dedicated to road projects. Here’s the kicker to this story: the $400 million will grow into even more road money.

“We will get a $1.6 billion allocation from the federal government,” Morrison said.

The next few years Indiana looks to have $2 billion to spend on road projects.

“Exactly where all those projects are going to be, we don’t know yet,” he said. “There are some whispers here or there. There are some major choke points on some of the interstates.”

So we can’t guarantee what portion of that money comes home to the Wabash Valley. Still, these future projects do have potential to bring something else home: money for families. According to Morrison these road projects have potential to employ close anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 people.

“When we can leave that state house and say ‘we put $2 billion into our infrastructure throughout the state and we are going to employ up to $50,000 Hoosiers.’ I think that’s a darn good thing.” Morrison said.

All signs point toward the positive, but we’ll have to wait to see results, further down the road.

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