Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is in the spotlight again because
of a toll road.
The governor known for helping the state lease the Indiana Toll Road to private investors now says another controversial road project in the
state will not be tolled.
Daniels announced last week that he wanted Interstate 69 to
be kept free of tolls.
But, there is a catch.
As reported last week, Daniels is proposing a multi-lane
outer belt tollway linking six interstates in five Indiana counties.
The tollway would loop around Indianapolis to relieve some
of the urban congestion, including the gridlock on I-69.
Indiana has I-69 in its long-term plans to be a north-south
corridor beyond its current corridor that ends in the middle of the state,
south of Indianapolis. The goal is to extend it another 150 miles to Evansville.
Media reports out of Indiana indicate that the proposed
outer belt tollway, including the congestion relief planned for I-69, has given
Daniels an incentive to keep the proposed I-69 extension toll free.