Transportation and Infrastructure

Illiana Expressway Hits New Roadblock

Jun 18, 2015
Kyle May /

A Chicago federal judge has halted plans for the proposed Illiana Expressway. He blocked construction on the highway that would link northwest Indiana with suburban Chicago, citing a misleading environmental impact statement from the Federal Highway Administration. The study’s population projections depended on the assumption the highway would be built.

The attorney leading a class-action suit over BMV overcharges says Governor Pence should take a hand in settling the case.

A Marion County judge this week refused to throw out the suit, which seeks repayment of up to $40 million in overcharges stretching back through 13 years and four governors.

The judge ordered both sides to return to mediation to settle the case, but attorney Irwin Levin says he‘s not convinced the state is serious about settling.

INDOT Considers J-style Highway Intersections

May 7, 2015
Minnesota Department of Transportation

Indiana Department of Transportation officials have proposed a new type of intersection for a rural road in Southern Indiana.

A "J" intersection is designed to be a safer way to cross a divided highway. The idea was proposed last week for the intersection at US 231 and IN 62 in Spencer County.

INDOT communications director Jason Tiller says while it would be the first of its kind in Indiana, it's proven around the country to cut crashes and fatalities by as much as 50 percent. The intersection in Spencer County has seen multiple fatal crashes.

Dan Paluska /

An Indiana University sociology professor will spend the next month campaigning to kill the USA Patriot Act, after she says her personal liberties were violated because of it.

Christine Von Der Haar says she and a friend from Greece were detained at Indianapolis International Airport and Customs and Border Control agents told the pair it was because the government had been monitoring e-mails between the two.

Bill Shaw / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Department of Transportation has new leadership after Commissioner Karl Browning stepped down without any public warning Wednesday.

Browning has led INDOT since 2013, and previously served as Commissioner from 2006 to 2009. 

Browning submitted his resignation via email to the governor Wednesday morning, saying he was proud of his accomplishments but that it was, “time to move on.” 

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Indiana Department of Transportation officials have reached an agreement in principal with the Federal Railroad Administration to keep the “Hoosier State” Amtrak line running indefinitely.

The line, which has faced no fewer than four threats of closure in just the past six months, was set to cease operation at the end of this month if a deal wasn’t reached.

Chris Richards /

Indiana Democrats say Hoosiers need answers about BMV overcharges.  Their calls for an investigation come after new reports suggesting top officials knew about the overcharges long before the BMV halted the practice. 

A story in the Indianapolis Star alleges top BMV officials were told of the overcharges – which could amount to as much as $100 million – years before the state revealed them to the public. 

James Britton /

An end to service on the Hoosier State passenger rail line could throw a wrench into public transportation advocates’ hopes for a funding increase in the state budget. 

Transit advocates Tuesday used a day they'd been planning for weeks to highlight the problems that could wreak on the affected communities.

The House Republican budget proposal included a $6.4 million dollar in public transit funding -- $6 million of which was meant for the Hoosier State Rail Line. 

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials have issued a travel advisory for Tippecanoe County because of increasing snow cover on local roads.

An "advisory" is the lowest of three levels of concern the state uses. It means anyone on the roads should use caution. As of midday Sunday, several Indiana counties had advanced to the "watch" level, which means that nonessential travel should be curtailed.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

It’s fairly common knowledge that more well-traveled roads will see plows before residential streets do – it’s a function of trying to keep an entire city’s streets from becoming snarled with snowbound traffic.

But there’s more that goes into the equation which decides what streets receive salt and the edge of a plow blade first.

And it starts with making sure the plows can get on the road. At the West Lafayette street garage, Doug Perkins is using an ice pick on the salt spreader of one of the city’s plows.