Project between Franklin, Southport part of highway package

Commuters heading to and from Indianapolis will benefit from a one-time influx of road funding.

Gov. Mike Pence this week approved spending $200 million in highway funding on two Interstate 65 projects. One project 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.

The funding for the improvements comes from the state’s Major Moves construction fund. Last year the state planned to put $400 million in road funding into a savings account, but Pence asked to use that money for road projects on highways and interstates now. Lawmakers compromised and agreed to spend $200 million now, and the state budget committee will decide whether to release the other half.

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