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The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to tackle 1,300 state road projects as part of its “Next Level Roads” construction season this year. When combined with preventative maintenance projects, Indiana plans investing more than $3 billion to improve road and bridge conditions, safety, and mobility in 2022.

[Above photo by the Indiana DOT]

Implemented in 2017, the Next Level Roads program is a $60 billion, 20-year plan to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

Gov. Eric Holcomb. Photo by INDOT.

“Indiana’s economy is growing exponentially, and our state’s strong infrastructure plays an important role in that success,” noted Governor Eric Holcomb (R) in a statement.

“This year’s Next Level Roads projects represent a historically significant investment in transportation to support our efforts to make Indiana a premiere destination to live, work, learn and play and stay,” he said.

“Our 2022 construction program is laser-focused on enhancing safety and connectivity across Indiana’s transportation system,” added Mike Smith, INDOT’s new commissioner.

Mike Smith. Photo by INDOT.

“Investing in our infrastructure at historic levels and doing the necessary work to preserve and enhance Indiana’s reputation for delivering a best-in-class infrastructure network,” he said.

Indiana’s transportation infrastructure investment plans mirror several efforts either underway or proposed by other states across the country.

For example, in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul (D) outlined a $32.8 billion five-year capital plan for programs and projects administered by the New York State Department of Transportation in her recent budget proposal.

The adoption of this new capital plan – the largest investment ever in New York State transportation infrastructure – represents a $9.4 billion or 40.2 percent increase over the previous five-year plan period.

Photo by the Tennessee DOT

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Transportation recently issued its annual three-year transportation program, featuring just over $3.6 billion in infrastructure investments for 58 individual project phases in 34 counties statewide.

“Investing in infrastructure is an important part of driving economic opportunity throughout our state,” noted Governor Bill Lee (R) in a statement. “In addition to core transportation program funding, we’ve added $519 million in General Fund dollars for new transportation investments supporting job creation in Tennessee.”

In Michigan, the $5 billion Building Michigan Together investment plan – enacted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) on March 30 – seeks broad improvements in the state’s transportation, water, and high-speed internet infrastructure.

The plan provides $645 million for transportation improvements, including $317 million for road and bridge programs, $66 million to improve public transportation, and $98 million for airport improvement grants.

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