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Prepare for traffic if traveling south to see solar eclipse

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Department of Transportation officials are advising Hoosiers to be aware of increased traffic for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the nearest total eclipse path, which is why INDOT is expecting traffic congestion before and after the eclipse […]

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INDOT employees reunite moose and boy

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Somewhere near the Indiana-Ohio border on State Road 8 Moosy, the beloved stuffed animal of 5-year-old Jayden Banks, took flight. While riding with his father, Nicholas Banks, on his way home from his grandmother’s house after an overnight stay with his sister, Jayden had his car window down. Moosy […]

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Gas tax hike starts in time for Fourth of July weekend

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than a million Hoosiers are expected to travel this Fourth of July weekend and those hitting the road will be paying more at the pump. Indiana’s gas tax will increase ten cents a gallon under House Enrolled Act 1002, which goes into effect Saturday. The tax will jump […]

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Train service to Chicago is growing

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers traveling to Chicago by train will have more and faster service as ridership and revenues continue to grow. Amtrak and the Indiana Department of Transportation announced a new schedule for service between Indianapolis and Chicago. The new schedule for the Hoosier State, which operates four days weekly, is also […]

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Senate budget slashes cigarette tax, pre-K

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate leaders unveiled their version of the state’s budget Thursday without a cigarette tax hike, but including the possibility for toll roads and less funding than the House for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The Senate’s version totals $32.1 billion over two years, leaving $1.8 billion in […]

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Southside Indianapolis in store for major road work

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning March 6, the Indiana Department of Transportation is rebuilding six bridges on I-65 over I-465, which means that there will be variety of lane shifts and ramp closures as the work progresses. One Columbus resident, Michael Myers, drives I-65 to Indianapolis, a route that will take him directly […]

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Holcomb names INDOT commissioner, drug czar

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has announced three new leaders who are expected to be influential in his administration. On his first day in office, Holcomb plans to sign an executive order creating a new position designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic. He announced Tuesday that Jim McClelland will serve […]

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Push to create walkable communities

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A recently-elected state representative is taking her 20-plus years of environmental experience and interest in transportation and walkable community issues with her while she is in office. Rep. Carey Hamilton, D-Indianapolis, said improving transportation without cars by creating pedestrian and bike friendly paths is one of her top initiatives […]

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INDOT to track Santa’s arrival to Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Santa Claus is coming to town and the Indiana Department of Transportation will track his journey across the Hoosier state on Dec. 24. Santa and his reindeer friends are expected to enter the state around 6 p.m. Friday. He will spend a half hour in each of INDOT’s six regional districts […]

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Most highway construction to stop for Labor Day travel

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers are preparing to hit the road for the three-day holiday weekend and the Indiana Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to plan extra time for their trips. Most highway construction projects will stop during Labor Day weekend to help with traffic. INDOT has asked its contractors to pull […]

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