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State To Spend $475 Million On Southern Indiana Road Projects

Gov. Eric Holcomb says major road projects are vital to Indiana’s role as a transportation hub. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)";

Indiana will spend about half a billion dollars over the next few years on what Gov. Eric Holcomb calls “transformational” road projects in southern Indiana.

The three projects are spread across the southern part of the state. One will improve U.S. 231 around the Huntingburg and Jasper areas, adding travel lanes and upgrading intersections. The state will also build a new roadway to connect State Road 101 near Milan down to the Ohio River.

And nearly half the new money will go toward connecting I-69 to a new Ohio River bridge being built near Evansville, in conjunction with Kentucky.

In a statement, Holcomb said road projects like these are vital to Indiana’s role as a transportation hub. He said they’ll connect communities and enhance commerce.

The money comes from new dollars appropriated by the General Assembly this year in the new state budget.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.