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INDOT Kicks Off Construction Season

Highway crews will add lanes to I-65 near Columbus and in NW Indiana, repave roads battered by age and winter thaw

(COLUMBUS, Ind.) - The orange cones are in bloom.

INDOT plans 900 highway and bridge projects across Indiana this summer. The agency boasts it'll add 47 miles of new travel lanes. About half of that will be on I-65, with extra lanes on a 13-mile stretch from Lowell to Chicago and another 14 miles from Columbus to Seymour.

Governor Holcomb kicked off construction season at a groundbreaking in Columbus.

More than two-thousand lane miles will be repaved, while more than 600 bridges and culverts will be repaired or replaced. 

INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness says the $1 billion in projects is paid for through last year's road-funding package. He says that money will also help with emergency repairs to highways after what he describes as a "brutal" winter. Other reconstruction work will be on roads where pavement has simply worn out after 40 years or more.

INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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