Good highways are essential for economic growth, so it is heartening to hear the governor committing to improving one of Jackson County’s vital transportation corridors, although the project targets an area north of us.
Gov. Mike Pence last week approved spending $200 million in highway funding on two Interstate 65 projects. One project will widen I-65 between Southport Road on the south side of Indianapolis and State Road 44 in Franklin. The other highway project getting some of the funding is in the Lafayette area.
But this should be only the first step in enhancing the transportation infrastructure for the entire region. The interstate from Franklin south to Louisville, particularly to Columbus and Seymour, also needs to be widened to improve commerce and safety. And a widened I-65 to Chicago would be a boon as well.
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