AUDIO: Gov. Holcomb Talks State Road 101 Extension

The governor sees the 25-mile connection as transformative.

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Governor Eric Holcomb sees the planned extension of State Road 101 as transformative.

The governor met with Robb Reel, the host of Eagle Country 99.3, Tuesday morning to discuss three major infrastructure projects planned across the state, with a focus on the extension of State Road 101.

It was announced on Friday that the state will allocate $ 475 million to three projects, including approximately $ 200 million to build a 25-mile extension of State Road 101 to join the existing section of the highway US 50 near Milan and the Ohio River Crossing at. to join Markland Dam in Vevay.

“It’s going to be good not just for your region and your listeners, but really for the entire state of Indiana,” said Holcomb. “It has everything to do with security and trade and ultimately being connected to markets around the world. It’s really transforming. I couldn’t be prouder because it will connect several counties, several states. “

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The SR 101 extension is a brand new connector designed from the ground up that will help draw workers from across the region more securely, added the governor.

This project took decades. After all, the state is in a place where they can fund the project.

Governor Holcomb informs Eagle Country 99.3 that INDOT’s budget has increased from $ 2.2 billion in 2017 to $ 3.6 billion in 2021.

“We pay for it because our income allows it, and it’s that simple. We live within our means. We were very disciplined in living within our means and not spending any money we didn’t have. “

The governor was unable to provide a timetable for how long it will take to build the 25-mile link. He said that planning of the route would start immediately.

Initial forecasts assume that construction could take 10 years.

State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) issued the following statement:

“Southeast Indiana is ready for economic growth and development, and this historic investment in our local roads will move our communities forward. We are capitalizing on our proximity to the Ohio River and connecting our communities, and I look forward to these transformative improvements as we press the accelerator on job and business growth in our corner of the state. ”

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