Transportation and Infrastructure

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It’s fairly common knowledge that more well-traveled roads will see plows before residential streets do – it’s a function of trying to keep an entire city’s streets from becoming snarled with snowbound traffic.

But there’s more that goes into the equation which decides what streets receive salt and the edge of a plow blade first.

And it starts with making sure the plows can get on the road. At the West Lafayette street garage, Doug Perkins is using an ice pick on the salt spreader of one of the city’s plows.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants the State Budget Committee to release the second half of the Major Moves 2020 fund. 

Two years ago, lawmakers put $400 million into what they called the Major Moves 2020 fund.  It was meant for long-term, future projects. 

Pence last year secured the release of half of the fund to add lanes to major interstates.  The governor Tuesday announced he will ask the State Budget Committee to approve the transfer of the remaining $200 million.  He says it will be used for capacity building.

Indiana ABATE Founder Takes An Off Ramp From The BMV

Dec 30, 2014
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The state’s longstanding contract with the group Indiana ABATE to provide motorcycle safety training is set to lapse – because ABATE no longer wants to abide some of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' practices.

Executive Director Jay Jackson says he disagrees with charging unlicensed drivers – many of whom are veterans or teenagers – more (almost $200) to take the safety course than other drivers are charged (about $75).

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The Indiana Department of Transportation Wednesday provided the State Budget Committee with a sobering look at the state’s future infrastructure maintenance costs. 

Indiana’s bridges were built to last 75 years -- and half are at least 50 years old. 

INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning says about 7-percent are in what he calls “poor condition” – not that they’re unsafe, just that it will cost a lot to fix them. 

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Amtrak could maintain operations of the passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago after negotiations broke down this weekend between the Indiana Department of Transportation and prospective operator Corridor Capital.

Amtrak has a contract to provide daily service on the Hoosier State Line through Jan. 31. INDOT was looking to Corridor Capital to take over after that in hopes it could improve service on the line, which has consistently operated in the red.

Halloween Marks 20th Anniversary Of Roselawn Plane Crash

Oct 31, 2014

This Halloween marks 20 years since the crash of an American Airlines plane near the town of Roselawn. 68 people died in that crash, and many of their relatives gathered in Merrillville Thursday to honor their memories.

The twin-engine turbo-prop was en route to Chicago from Indianapolis in wet, cold weather, and unusually-heavy icing was determined to be the underlying cause.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials say road repair projects that have slowed traffic near the Purdue campus should be complete by fall of 2015.

Public Works Director Dave Buck expects the rebuilding and repaving of Cumberland Avenue between Salisbury Street and Soldiers Home Road to be done by the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

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Ridership on the Hoosier State Rail Line dropped nearly eight-percent over the last year, while ticket revenues declined more than ten-percent.

Ridership on Amtrak lines across the country rose in the last fiscal year, which ended in September.  But on the Hoosier State Line, which runs from Chicago to Indianapolis, ridership fell by nearly 3,000 people, down to just less than 34,000. 

And ticket revenues dropped nearly $100,000, settling at a little more than $800,000 last year. 

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Amtrak executives embarked on a whistle-stop campaign from Indianapolis to Chicago Wednesday, pushing for the state to fund the Hoosier State rail line and pushing the state’s preferred operator, Corridor Capital, to be more communicative.

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The private company which operates the Indiana Toll Road is filing for bankruptcy today.

ITR Concession Company is the operating arm of a Spanish-Australian consortium which paid nearly $4 billion for a 75-year lease on the Toll Road in 2006.

The lease says Indiana gets the road back if ITR is unable to fulfill its responsibility, but the company says the Chapter 11 filing won‘t affect road operations.