STATEHOUSE (Oct. 24, 2012) — State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) joined Gov. Mitch Daniels and other state officials today to dedicate a 12-mile segment of the new State Road 25 connecting Lafayette to Delphi. This addition to the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor is an economic development project Hershman has worked on since 1992.
The expansion of the Corridor was on the drawing board for decades, until the enactment of Major Moves legislation that Hershman sponsored in 2006. Hershman said the project, which received bi-partisan support, encourages national investment in Tippecanoe, Carroll and Cass counties — the three counties along the road’s route.
“This extension of the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor wouldn’t have been possible without Major Moves,” Hershman said. “Thanks to that legislation, our local employers will be better connected to out-of-state investors and our community members will have added access to new businesses looking to move here and hire.”
Through 2011, Major Moves has funded 50 road projects, the repair and rehabilitation of 615 bridges and the construction or repair of more than 4,500 miles of road. Once complete, Major Moves will account for more than $11 billion in investments in Indiana.
“Our new stretch of the Corridor also promotes safety for Hoosier travelers through new design standards and reduced congestion,” Hershman said. “The expanded highway literally helps connect the rest of the nation to the heart of Indiana, and it’s an important investment in the future of our state.”
For more information on the new State Road 25 and the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor, visit http://www.in.gov/indot/projects/2284.htm.