CARMEL, Ind. – The federal government will fund a larger share of U.S. 31 improvements in Hamilton County north of Indianapolis, allowing the state of Indiana to save $23 million.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood approved increasing the federal share for the project to 90 percent from 80 percent on Tuesday.
INDOT will upgrade U.S. 31 to interstate standards and widen the road to six lanes between Interstate 465 in Indianapolis and Indiana 38 north of Westfield.
The Transportation Department says the project is the first to benefit from a new provision in surface transportation legislation that gives the agency discretion to raise the allowable federal match on critical freight projects.
The project is part of a larger U.S. 31 reconstruction to South Bend. More than 6,600 trucks use that corridor each day.