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Toll road gets new manager following bankruptcy, state-approved sale

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Toll Road has a new manager. Out is ITR Concession Company, the international consortium that in 2006 paid $3.8 billion to lease the toll road for 75 years but then filed for bankruptcy eight years later. In comes IFM Investors, a company chosen by the toll road […]

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State shuts key interstate ramp from I-65 to I-70 for bridge work

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A temporary shutdown of the northbound Interstate 65 ramp to westbound Interstate 70 will begin Wednesday so workers can rehabilitate two ramp bridges that are more than 40 years old. The ramp will be closed for roughly two months. Construction will include repairing the ramp bridges over Morris and […]

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Rule the Road event to demonstrate safe driving techniques to teens

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several organizations are teaming up to host a free event called Rule the Road – a program that puts a focus on improving teen driving skills. Certified emergency vehicle operators from local law enforcement agencies will teach the classes within a closed course. Teens will be exposed to some techniques […]

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Browning resigns as INDOT commissioner with no explanation

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Karl Browning resigned his post Wednesday as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation in an email to the governor without explanation. Gov. Mike Pence immediately named Brandye Hendrickson – who’d previously led the agency in an interim role – to succeed him. The governor’s office would not say […]

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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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INDOT officials say they need more cash to keep up

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation told the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday it simply needs more money. INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and Chief Financial Officer Dan Brassard discussed the department’s direction for the next two years and it will be focusing on its priorities. This year, INDOT will […]

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Guest column: Delaney says state must invest in roads, transportation

By Ed Delaney State representative Indiana as the Crossroads of America is built around our geographical location and the ways to move about within and across our space. This is where we invest our dollars, but Indiana’s policy on building roads, transit systems, sidewalks and bike-ways can be summarized in a sentence: Hoard our revenue […]

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Officials raise stink about smelly toll road toilets

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The travel plaza restrooms located along the Indiana Toll Road stink. Literally. That’s according to Rep. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend, who alerted state transportation officials about the problem – and found they weren’t surprised. In fact, the state had already notified the company leasing the toll road that the […]

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State says bankruptcy won’t affect toll road operations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials will review any sale of the company that operates the Indiana Toll Road and reject a new owner that doesn’t measure up, a key state official told lawmakers Tuesday. Indiana Finance Authority Director Kendra York said her office is watching the bankruptcy case of ITR Concession Company LLC, […]

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State officials confident transportation deal will prevent highway funding cuts

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are so confident Congress will pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund that they have not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if the money runs out next month. Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the […]

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