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Author Topic: 30 years later, INDOT still can't relinquish Old U.S. 50 through Washington  (Read 335 times)

jnewkirk77

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If you drive through Washington, Indiana and travel along National Highway (also variously referred to as "Old 50" or "Business 50," depending on who's talking), you may not realize that it's still technically a state highway.

INDOT's tried for years to get Washington to take the road, but its sorry condition hasn't helped the state sell it.

Four mayors have negotiated to no avail to get INDOT to make much-needed repairs, but there's been no deal.  Will current mayor Joe Wellman be the one to get it done?

The local paper has done a pretty good story on this:

http://www.washtimesherald.com/news/local_news/a-fight-to-fix/article_2ba3a02c-2b73-55d8-b5ea-6098502b7b07.html
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interesting, I never knew that.  INDOT needs to just agree to terms, and be done with it
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With INDOT shedding themselves of all of these city highways, what are they doing with the extra money that they have not needed for maintenance?  Has their budget been cut?  Have they plowed it into other projects?  They saved themselves a boatload of money by having Indianapolis agree (and as I understand the city has to agree to it) to taking over maintenance of the former state and US highways inside I-465.  Those former highways alone need tens of millions of dollars of work.
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With INDOT shedding themselves of all of these city highways, what are they doing with the extra money that they have not needed for maintenance?  Has their budget been cut?  Have they plowed it into other projects?  They saved themselves a boatload of money by having Indianapolis agree (and as I understand the city has to agree to it) to taking over maintenance of the former state and US highways inside I-465.  Those former highways alone need tens of millions of dollars of work.

In most cases, the state gives the city/county money in exchange for taking over maintenance of the highway.
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