Governor Holcomb, 2017 State of the State Address to the General Assembly
"I will work with you to establish a plan that preserves what we have, finishes commitments we have made, and invests in the new projects for the future that ensures Indiana remains The Crossroads of America. These include projects in every quadrant of our state: upgrades of US 30 from Ft. Wayne to Valparaiso, and 31 to South Bend, additional lanes on I-70 and I-65 from Jeffersonville to Crown Point, and completing I-69 from Evansville to Ft. Wayne."
SAFETY FAST FACTS
There are currently high truck volumes all along U.S. 30, at some points reaching 35%.
The overall traffic is growing rapidly, in areas increasing 8% in the last year.
Given high growth and high truck numbers, the number and severity of crashes is an issue that needs to be resolved.
This becomes even more of a problem when considering the 344 potential impact points along the corridor.
Upgrading U.S. 30 to a freeway would lead to 323 fewer accidents and 3 fewer fatalities a year.
An improved U.S. 30 would result in $716M in accident cost savings.
ECONOMIC FAST FACTS
A freeway U.S. 30 will have a huge economic benefit for our region.
INDOT predicts the increased safety and mobility along the corridor will being in additional business to the area.
This is expected to result in 10.572 new jobs.
Gross regional product will increase by $959M.
Real personal income will increase by $943M.
QUALITY OF LIFE FAST FACTS
Every driver on a freeway U.S. 30 will see a benefit.
INDOT predicts that the increased mobility will save drivers $1359.6M in travel time savings.
Drivers will also see 18,382 hours of delay saved per day.
The cost of operating your vehicle will decrease significantly from greater fuel efficiency and fewer needed car repairs.
And there is benefit to the environment as well, with emissions cost savings of $64M,