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Saturday, June 03, 2017 1:00 am

INDOT seeking info on tolling

Next step to possibly expand interstate fees

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Friday wasted no time looking at future tolling by requesting information for studies related to interstate tolling and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The request covers several interstates but not I-69 or I-469 in northern Indiana.

The move is the result of a massive road funding bill recently passed by legislators that required INDOT to study the possibility of tolling. Republican leaders, including Gov. Eric Holcomb, have conceded that additional tolling revenue will be needed to keep up with state road construction demands in about seven to 10 years.

According to a news release, the purpose of the request is to generate information to help INDOT plan interstate tolling programs.

This request for information is intended solely to get information to assist INDOT officials on an administrative level . The department will consider responses regarding the evaluation of delivery and deployment options and considerations.

Responses are due June 28.

The next step would be to advertise a request for proposals to select consultant teams to prepare environmental studies and other project documentation for these interstate corridors:

• I-65 from I-90 to I-465

• I-65 from I-465 to the Ohio River

• I-70 from the Illinois state line to I-465

• I-70 from I-465 to the Ohio state line

• I-65 and I-70 within I-465

• I-94 from the Illinois state line to the Michigan state line

A news release said the proposed actions are reconstruction and tolling of applicable bridges within the corridors and expansion of the current four-lane road sections to six lanes.

Specifically, INDOT wants to draft the request for proposals for these particular areas:

• Asset inventory and management in these corridors.

• Timetable to establish tolling among these corridors.

• NEPA documentation type and analytical strategy for these corridors and for improvements identified above.

• Contracting and acquisition strategy.

• Public outreach and information strategy.

• Other topics the responder believes are relevant to the request for information.