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Major Moves 2020 is former Governor Mike Pence’s program to widen and rehabilitate heavily-traveled, four-lane interstates in Indiana that are now approaching 50 years of age.
Governor Pence’s 2014 legislative agenda proposed investing $400 million from a trust fund established in the previous year’s budget. The Indiana General Assembly provided the initial $200 million to widen and rehabilitate heavily-traveled interstates in 2014 and another $200 million in 2015. The current two-year state budget includes an additional $100 million per year for the Major Moves 2020 program.
“Our infrastructure makes Indiana a national transportation hub and a global distribution powerhouse, and it is one of the reasons Indiana continues to be recognized as a great place to do business,” said Governor Pence.
The first Major Moves 2020 project on Interstate 65 between the Johnson/Marion county line and Southport Road was completed in the fall of 2015.
Major Moves 2020 projects now under construction include:
In December 2015, Governor Pence announced plans to widen I-65 south of U.S. 30 near Merrillville under Major Moves 2020. Four design-build teams are competing to widen and rehabilitate as much of I-65 as the $70 million project budget allows.
Most Major Moves 2020 work will occur within existing right–of-way, allowing the work to proceed quickly. Design-build contracts will be competitively bid later this year. This allows the design and construction to happen consecutively, rather than in sequence, speeding the construction timeline.
In most cases, two new travel lanes – one in each direction – will be built in the 60-foot-wide grassy median with a median barrier for safety. In some locations ramp lanes will be built along the outside of existing travel lanes.