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October 24, 2013

Officials celebrate Hoosier Heartland opening

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski reflected on the 30 years it took to build the highway and said he is looking forward to the development it is expected to bring in the future.

“Today, we’re here to celebrate the next phase of that vision,” he said.

Citing Indiana’s central location in the country as being advantageous for economic development, Pence said the new highway can only improve the possibilities.

“I often say I think roads mean jobs,” he said. “... If you’re going to be the Crossroads of America, you better have the roads to back it up. This road will mean jobs for this generation and the next.”

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin said the city has already begun efforts in this regard by developing an economic development outreach campaign.

“It will bring change to every community along the corridor,” he said. “Without the highway, this wouldn’t be as likely. ... It’s going to create even more work for us, and that’s what we’re happy about.”

Lee Hoard, former Delphi mayor and Carroll County sheriff, recalled times as sheriff having to tell people their loved ones were killed in an accident and praised the new road for having a safer design.

As criticisms over the road surfaced in the days following its opening, including the lack of signage, increased traffic near the Tyson plant, industrial park and Clymers and several accidents, officials say improvements are continuing to be made.

“It’s a $320 million project,” Franklin said. “There will be some oversights, but I’m confident they’ll be corrected.”

Although the road is open for traffic, Indiana Department of Transportation Project Manager Jim Earl said the road wouldn’t be completely finished until the spring.

1931 Former Ind. 25 is constructed, a two-lane road with minimal earth shoulders, narrow driving lanes, sharp curves and hills. 1982 Indiana Department of Highways, currently the Indiana Department of Transportation, begins development of long-range stage highway plan. Indiana General Assembly passes bill to study feasibility of building the new Ind. 25. 1984 INDOT begins study to explore creating new Ind. 25 Hoosier Heartland Highway Corridor. 1985 Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor Inc., made up of community leaders promoting completion of highway, is created. 1991 Construction of Jack Porter and Glenn Tanner bridges for the new Ind. 25 over the Wabash River between Logansport and Peru begins. 1995 Fort Wayne bypass opens. 1999 Segment from Logansport to Peru opens. 2000 Segment from Huntington to Wabash opens. 2006 Indiana General Assembly passes then Gov. Mitch Daniels' Major Moves plan to lease Indiana Toll Road to Spain-based Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte and Australia-based Macquarie Atlas Roads for 75 years for $3.8 billion. This sum is distributed toward highway projects across the state, including the new Ind. 25. 2012 Fort to Port segments of Corridor Four in Ohio open. Segment from Lafayette to Delphi opens. Segment from Fort Wayne to Ohio state line opens. 2013 Segment from Delphi to Logansport opens. Source: Indiana Department of Transportation

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