Good highways are essential for economic growth, so it is heartening to hear the governor committing to improving one of Johnson County’s vital transportation corridors.
Gov. Mike Pence has approved spending $200 million in highway funding on two Interstate 65 projects. One will widen I-65 between Southport Road on the southside and State Road 44 in Franklin. The other highway project getting some of the funding is in the Lafayette area.
But this should be only the first step in enhancing the transportation infrastructure for the entire region. The interstate from Franklin south, particularly from Columbus and Seymour to Louisville, also needs to be widened to improve commerce and safety. And a widened I-65 to Chicago would be a boon as well.