After coming out strongly this year in favor of public-private partnerships and concession deals to solve its transportation funding gaps, officials in Indiana are tinkering with how to put those delivery methods to use. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) Nov. 9 announced that the state is scrapping plans to seek tolling on its $2-billion Interstate 69 project from Evansville to Indianapolis. This year, the Indiana General Assembly authorized Indiana DOT to seek public-private partnerships for the project. Daniels will seek legislation in 2007 to transfer that authority to a new project, the Indiana Commerce Connector. The 75-mile ICC would create an outerbelt tollway linking six Interstates near Indianapolis. Cost estimates and project details on the ICC are still being determined.
Indiana Takes Closer Look at Public Private Partnerships
November 20, 2006