Commissioner's Welcome Message
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) works to serve the motorists and taxpayers of the state of Indiana since its founding as Indiana State Highway Commission after World War I. Back then, the department’s task was both easy and exhaustive: Create a highway network to connect every Indiana county seat and town with a population over 5,000.
The Commission succeeded in building a network of roads and highways that linked our farms and cities, brought raw materials to factories and products to consumers, and helped solidify Indiana’s position as “Crossroads of America.”
INDOT’s mission today is much the same. Our job is to plan, build, maintain and operate a superior transportation system that enhances safety, mobility, and economic growth. Our ability to do this is directly related to Major Moves, Governor Mitch Daniels' 10-year transportation plan. Under Major Moves, we’ve launched and completed more road and bridge projects than in any corresponding period in state history. These projects – many of which have been dreamed of for decades – will benefit our state for generations to come.
But while our success is often only measured in the number of highways paved or bridges built, one of our greatest achievements is in transforming how we approach the business of building Indiana’s roads and bridges. Through hard work, an innovative spirit, and a willingness to try new things, INDOT has accomplished far more than at any other time in its history.
And don’t think we’re slowing down. INDOT is keeping its focus on building better, faster and less expensively; of reducing overhead and red tape; and preserving and maintaining our transportation assets.
Welcome to INDOT’s website. We’re excited for what our future holds and delighted to share our successes with you.
Michael B. Cline, P.E., PTOE
Michael B. Cline was reappointed by Governor Michael R. Pence as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in January 2013. As Commissioner, Mike is entrusted with overseeing all aspects of one of the state’s largest agencies. INDOT employs more than 3,600 people and is responsible for the state’s highway system that includes 28,000 lane miles of roadways, including interstates, U.S. routes, and other state roads, and nearly 6,000 bridges. INDOT has a $400 million annual operating budget and an annual construction budget in excess of $1 billion.
Commissioner Cline has successfully led INDOT’s effort to provide high-quality highway infrastructure as a platform for economic development opportunities all across Indiana. Notable projects recently opened to traffic include the construction of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Crane, State Road 25 Hoosier Heartland Highway, and U.S. 24 Fort to Port in Allen County.
Under Mike’s leadership, INDOT has embraced creative solutions to dramatically reduce construction costs of I-69, created an imaginative plan to replace the Milton-Madison Bridge, and is utilizing public-private partnership procurement and finance to build the Ohio River Bridges project and the new Illiana Corridor. Additionally, Mike has successfully pushed INDOT to improve operations and reduce operating expenses while maintaining high customer satisfaction ratings.
As a result, INDOT has accomplished far more using far fewer state employees than at any other time in Indiana history. Despite record construction levels, INDOT now spends about $70 million less annually for Operations & Management than it did in 2005, when adjusted for inflation. The department also has received national and international recognition for its improved business practices and programs.
Mike has more than 24 years of management and engineering experience in the surface transportation industry in both the public and private sectors. From 2007 to 2010, Mike held the position of Deputy Commissioner of Operations for INDOT, providing executive leadership for INDOT’s six regional District Offices and several Central Office Divisions.
From 1999 to 2006, Mike was an engineering consultant who successfully developed, designed, and managed complex transportation projects for public and private clients. He generated company sales, solved client problems and fostered long-standing relationships.
Mike worked nine years for the City of Indianapolis, including serving as the City’s Traffic Administrator from 1997 to 1999, and was the Assistant City Engineer in Terre Haute, Ind., from 1989 to 1990.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, is a registered Professional Engineer in Indiana, and is a board certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and was a member of ITE’s International Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008.
Mike and his wife, Kimberly, live in Indianapolis. They have three children: Josey, Elijah and Helen.