ELLETTSVILLE — The state plans to invest $600 million to accelerate construction of Interstate 69 Section 6, according to Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.
Crouch said the additional investment will move up completion of this section of the interstate up from 2027 to 2024.
“I expect you all to be as happy as me to have that timetable moved up,” Crouch said Monday at the Greater Ellettsville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Construction on Section 6 is expected to begin next year. The additional funds to speed up completion of the 26-mile stretch from Martinsville to Indianapolis comes from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s $1 billion Next Level Connections initiative, which was unveiled last week. Crouch visited Ellettsville Monday to speak more about the initiative.
Crouch said other major road projects include improvements along U.S. 20 and U.S. 30 and adding new interchanges on U.S. 31 between South Bend and Indianapolis, which would reduce the number of stoplights on that roadway. Additionally, Crouch said the governor wants to triple the amount of resources to clean state highways.
Crouch said investing in infrastructure is more than just building more roads and bridges but is also about connecting people and why investments in rural broadband, trails and international flights are also part of the Next Levels Connection.
Crouch said the state wants to invest $100 million to expand rural broadband access and help bridge the digital divide in Hoosier communities.
“Governor Holcomb and I are investing in broadband because we want to ensure that rural Indiana and the Hoosiers that call it home are not left behind,” Crouch said.
Another highlight of the initiative is a $90 million investment in the state’s trail network. Crouch said the goal is to have a trail within five miles of every Hoosier by 2020.