Left Behind by Major Moves

By Tim Maloney

There’s been a lot of talk about all the new highway miles being built by Indiana’s major moves program. Despite this record road spending (nearly $11 billion over 10 years), much of our transportation infrastructure still goes wanting. Take our state and local bridges for example—4,003 are considered “deficient” by the Federal Highway Administration. But major moves is not keeping up – the number of Indiana’s National Highway System bridges on the list has increased – from 396 in 2006 (when major moves began) to 469 in 2010. While Indiana spends $3 billion on new-terrain Interstate 69, bridges awaiting long-overdue replacement or repair such as the Cline Ave bridge in Lake County remain closed. In fact, the state has no plans to replace the Cline Ave. bridge.

Our public transit systems have been left behind. Even as demand for transit services grows –as demonstrated by continuing ridership increases–and rising gas costs put additional strains on the state’s 67 transit agencies, major moves has not contributed a single cent to support transit.

While our neighbors, like Illinois and Michigan, benefit from record federal investment in high speed passenger rail, Indiana struggles to find the matching dollars to take advantage of this perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity. Yet major moves provides no support to passenger rail.

Check out our compilation of transportation and infrastructure rankings to see where major moves has taken Indiana.

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  1. erin calahan @ 2011-07-31 18:54

    Yes I agree we should worry about taking care of the roads we have rather than spending precious tax dollars on building brand new roads.Terre Haute is in the process of building the 641 bypass which they say will cut down the amount of traffic in town.Well they have opened the first part and it hasent made a bit of difference.I have driven on the road a number of times and every time there are only maybe 10 at the most cars that I see. In my mind it was a useless waste of time and money.The only thing it has done is drive a wedge through what was once mostly wooded areas. All these new roads are supposed to be “building jobs” but those people could be put to work on fixing the roads we have and not destroying more ecosystems and waisting all of our money on these useless projects!

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