U.S. 31 project getting $23 million boost from federal fund

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U.S. 31 improvements in Hamilton County will get a boost from the federal government to the tune of $23 million.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called Gov. Mike Pence to inform him of the decision. Indiana is the first state to use a new provision in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation legislation, a measure Pence supported when he served in Congress.

The state plans to seek increased federal matches for additional projects around Indiana. The Federal Highway Administration’s Indiana Division helped secure the funding. The state tries to use allocated state and federal money for projects before dipping into Major Moves construction funds.

The state said upgrading the existing U.S. 31 between I-465 and State Road 38 is the largest and most aggressive road project ever attempted in Hamilton County. The project is designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide more consistency for commercial vehicles. The 13-mile stretch goes through Carmel and Westfield and is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

For more information about the project, visit the New U.S. 31 website.

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