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Gov. Holcomb unveils $5 billion plan to improve Indiana's roads and bridges

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana is spending nearly $5 billion over the next five years to improve the state's infrastructure, an effort Gov. Eric Holcomb said can take the state to the next level.

“I am incredibly stoked for this day,” Holcomb in Sellersburg on Friday as he unveiled what he calls the Next Level Road plan, which he said will help make Indiana the crossroads of commerce.

“All roads lead into and out of Indiana. But that can’t be just a motto, it has to be our mission. And now we have the resources to complete that mission."

The state is spending more than $25.2 million in Clark County alone, resurfacing 112 miles of roadway and rehabilitating or replacing eight bridges.

The projects include $6 million to build a new road connecting the River Ridge Industrial Park and the Port of Indiana to State Road 265 and the new Lewis and Clark Bridge.

“I want it make it easy for the semis to get into River Ridge, but I don’t want to congest the roads that our regular commuters are using," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said. "So that big project will be a big benefit for everybody."

The state is also spending millions to continue the upgrades to I-65 in Clark and Scott Counties.

Nearly $21 million has been set aside for Floyd County to fix 10 miles of roads and 20 bridges, including improvements to Interstates 64 and 265, and State Road 111 to Horseshoe Casino.

The biggest single expenditure in southern Indiana is $20 million to repaint the Sherman Minton Bridge.

“Whether it’s painting or rehabbing some of the infrastructure on the bridge, we want to make sure it’s taken care of for the next 25 to 50 years,” said Joe McGuiness, Indiana’s Transportation Commissioner.

This is all being paid for by the 10-cent-a-gallon hike in the gasoline tax that went into effect July 1.

“You get what what you pay for, and you get what you don’t pay for,” Holcomb said. “We figured out the solution here in Indiana is to pay for what we use.”

To see an interactive list of all the road projects, click here.

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