Tolls a possibility for funding Indiana's I-69 expansion

| 8/24/2005

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he expects the planned extension of Interstate 69 from Indianapolis to Evansville to be finished sometime near 2017.

Earlier this summer, Indiana transportation officials said construction might not start until 2017, The Associated Press reported. But Daniels said his administration is working on a plan – that could include tolling – to have the new interstate wrapped up in the next 12 years.

However, Daniels said finding the money for the project will be a challenge considering that the Indiana Department of Transportation’s budget for major roadwork is short about $2 billion through 2015, The AP reported.

The governor is working on a plan to close that funding gap.

Among the possible funding options mentioned by Daniels are toll roads or instituting lease programs.