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Southwest Regional Logistic Council Releases Proposal To Improve Transportation
Updated June 23, 2015 8:20 AM | Filed under: Transportation
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(UNDATED) - The Southwest Regional Logistics Council has released a nearly 60 page proposal on improving transportation in 18 counties in Southwest Indiana.

The council is made up of high level logistics executives in air, rail, truck, water, infrastructure, manufacturing, and warehouse/distribution.

The proposal is being presented to the governor and legislature in an effort to inform them what the council believes is needed in the area of transportation improvement for existing business and new economic development as well for safety and traffic flow needs.

The council suggested about 3 billion dollars worth of improvements in the 18 county regions.

Projects in Lawrence County:

  • Project 4701: Bedford Rail Project - Purchase rail property from CSX from Bedford to Mitchell. Reason: Create economic development by establishing Inland Port giving rail access to CSX. Estimated cost - $1 million
  • Project 4702: Tunnelton Road Extension - Extend Tunnelton Road at U.S. 50 to State Road 58/Fifth Street. Reason: Relieve the bottleneck of combined truck and passenger car congestion through Bedford creating better truck traffic flow for the movement of cargo. Estimated cost - $9 million
  • Project 5902: State Road 37 Improvements - This is a regional project reflected on the map on page 6 of the report.
  • Project 8801: State Road 60 4-Lane Highway - This is a regional project reflected on the map on page 6 of the report.

Greene County:

  • Project 2801: Bloomfield Intersection Improvements - Re-engineer, reconfigure and redesign intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 54. Reason: Relieve the bottleneck of combined truck and passenger car congestion on U.S. 231 and State Road 54 creating better traffic flow for the movement of cargo. Estimated Cost - $3 million
  • Project 2802: Linton Truck Bypass - Re-engineer, reconfigure and redesign County Road 200 North from State Road 59 to County Road 1000 West and from County Road 1000 West to State Road 54. Reason: Relieve the bottleneck of combined truck and passenger car congestion through Linton creating better truck traffic flow for the movement of cargo. Estimated cost $28 million.
  • Project 2803: Indiana Rail Road Company Rail Road Ties - Install new rail road ties between MP 215-223.5. Reason: Increase rail track speed and decrease defects ensuring safe and efficient movement of cargo. Estimated cost $5 million
  • Project 2804: Indiana Rail Road Company Rail Road TIes - Install new rail road ties between MP 61.0-79.0 on the Indianapolis Subdivision. Reason: Increase rail track speed and decrease defects ensuring safe and efficient movement of caro. Estimated cost $1.8 million

Martin County:

  • Project 1408: Indiana Rail Road Company Rail Road Ties - This is a local project reflected in the Daviess County Map on page 16 of the report
  • Project 5101: U.S. 50 Additional Travel Lane Convert from two lanes to four lanes along U.S. 50 from U.S> 231 to U.S. 150. Reason: Relieve the bottleneck of truck congestion along the U.S. 50 corridor ensuring efficient traffic flow from state line to state line. Estimated cost: $98.3 million.
  • Project 5102: U.S. 231 Improvements - This is a regional project reflected on the map on page 6.
  • Project 5103: U.S. 150 Improvements - This is a regional project reflected on the map on page 6.

Orange County:

  • Project 2203: U.S. 150 Road Improvements - This is a regional project reflected on the map on page 6.
  • Project 5103: U.S. 150 Improvements - this is a regional project reflected on the map on page 6.
  • Project 5901: Paoli North Truck Corridor - Design and build a north truck traffic route from West U.S. 150 to East U.S. 150. Reason: Relieve the bottleneck of combined truck and passenger car congestion through Paoli creating better truck traffic flow for the movement of cargo. Estimated costs: $35 million.
  • Project 5902: West Baden/French Lick Truck Corridor - Design and build an East truck traffic route from U.S. 150 to State Road 56 West. Reason: Relieve the bottleneck of combined truck and passenger car congestion through West Baden and French Lick creating better truck traffic flow for the movement of cargo. Estimated costs: $39.3 million.
  • Project 5903: French Lick Municipal Airport Road Improvements - Re-engineer, redesign and reconfigure Buffalo Trace Loop from State Road 145 to Airport Road. Reason: Safety of trucks moving cargo ensuring efficient traffic flow to and from the French Lick Airport. Estimated costs: $8 million.

To view the proposal click here.



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