Indiana Governor Holcomb announces his Next Level Road Plan

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he is “incredibly stoked” to announce a list of infrastructure projects that will get funding over the next five years.

The Republican governor made the comment at a news conference Thursday morning, unveiling his Next Level Road Plan

Holcomb and the GOP-dominated Legislature made raising taxes to pay for infrastructure projects a top priority this year. During the legislative session that ended in April they approved a package that hikes more than 40 taxes and fees, including a 10 cent per gallon increase in Indiana’s fuel tax.

The money will only get lawmakers part of the way toward realizing their goal. They expect that they will need to begin tolling some interstates in the coming years to truly cover the state’s needs.

Kosciusko County is getting a large chunk of the funding. Around $41.3 million in road projects is scheduled for the next five years in the county. That includes about $5 million just next year. There’s only five projects slated to get funding next year, but the one that’s taking $4.4 million of the money is U.S 30 between State Roads 5 and 13.

News Now Warsaw’s Tom Franklin contributed to this story.