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monty:

Back on topic, I'm presuming Indiana law and the state constitution give the Governor the authority to direct spending like this?  I don't disagree that spending surplus money on capital projects is beneficial...I'm just not familiar with states where this doesn't require legislation.
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Most all of these projects have already been in some sort of planning stage - but not all have been funded.  The governor must receive support from the legislative bodies to expend the funds.  Since the house and senate and governor belong to the same political party, it's pretty much a slam dunk.  Certainly this speeds up these improvements in the corridor.

Side notes: Several terrible accidents at the two RR crossings recently (due to vehicles that must stop at the crossing getting rear-ended).  The four remaining stoplights also have frequent and often fatal accidents.  The traffic counts and speed on US 31 just make for a bad combination when drivers try to stop on or cross over the highway. 

It is not a local or state (government, INDOT) or regional goal for this corridor to become a designated interstate highway.  It is a goal to make it a safer ad efficient conduit of traffic.  There will be a continued "drive" to push for congested and dangerous areas to be improved over time.  The US 31 Coalition's ultimate goal is for an interstate quality highway from Indy to South Bend.  They have been very successful in working with multiple governors and legislators over many years.

My personal opinion is that the segment from Westfield to Kokomo will be the next to be improved to an "interstate type standard" of highway because of the traffic counts, economic and population growth in the area and safety needs.  This will probably not happen anytime soon.  More likely, troubled areas will get individual attention from INDOT as needed and the corridor will be improved piecemeal - much as these announced projects are being proposed.

cabiness42:
Most interested to see what they will do with the light at 100N in Miami County.  It seems to be too close to the the US 24 interchange to build another interchange, but I can't imagine it just getting overpassed or cul-de-sacced (is that a word) with the huge truck stop there.  Perhaps they put the interchange at 425W by the state police post and then provide access to the truck stop from that point.

thefarmerchris:

--- Quote from: cabiness42 on July 15, 2019, 08:07:02 AM ---Most interested to see what they will do with the light at 100N in Miami County.  It seems to be too close to the the US 24 interchange to build another interchange, but I can't imagine it just getting overpassed or cul-de-sacced (is that a word) with the huge truck stop there.  Perhaps they put the interchange at 425W by the state police post and then provide access to the truck stop from that point.

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That would be the most logical way to go......

jnewkirk77:

--- Quote from: 3467 on July 12, 2019, 08:15:58 PM ---There was an EIS in the federal register last week for a North South. Corridor South of 69 in the area between 231 and 37. I did not as a it in their long term plan it the 31 improvements were.

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That's for the proposed Mid-States Corridor, which would connect I-165 in Kentucky with either I-69 near Washington or SR 37 near Bedford. The main features are that it would use US 231 through Spencer County and bypass Huntingburg and Jasper. The study is to determine which would be the better route. It's worthy of its own thread, but here's some info:

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/40772909/proposed-southwest-indiana-highway-project-gains-speed

roadman65:

--- Quote from: The Ghostbuster on July 12, 2019, 05:09:12 PM ---I don't want to see any more posts that US 31 should become Interstate 67, because outside of Fictional Highways, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN! At least not anytime soon.

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  US 31 does not even have to be interstate as US 15 and 301 in Maryland are even expressway grades without stop lights.  East of the US 50 split US 301 is all at grade with a few grade separations and NO STOPLIGHTS!  US 15 from the PA line to I-70 is the same way so going from the Capital Beltway near DC to Gettysburg, PA using I-270 and US 15 has no stop traffic (unless heavy volume or crash) on the whole entire route.

No for right now, US 31 is concentrated on getting rid of the lights.   Even with the Westfield, Kokomo, and Plymouth to South Bend Freeways are the beginning of just an upgrade for US 31, which is a major truck haul and through route from the Indy area to Michigan.  The overall plan is just upgrades for now.  I-67 is far from the state's minds, but that does not mean it won't happen either as things change on a day to day basis these days.   We have all been surprised before at sudden interstates appearing.  Look at NC for one, how many out of the blue projects have arisen and a month late an application to the feds to have it approved as future interstate xx.

Right now upgrading US 31 is not that difficult as most is four lanes already and the key areas of problems were addressed in the Kokomo bypass as well as the Westfield, Plymouth, and South Bend freeway realignments, but after driving it 11 years ago I can say its prime candidate for upgrades.  Interstate would be nice, but even expressway not part of the system I am not going to hope either INDOT do what NCDOT does and propose every existing route to become an interstate.

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