2012-10-16: Indiana and Kentucky officials are formally approving agreements governing the construction, financing and management of the $2.6 billion Ohio River bridges project, which adds two new tolled river crossings in Louisville and rebuild downtown interchanges on both sides.
2012-08-29: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and federal highway administrator Victor Mendez are leading figures in a ceremony Thursday to mark the start of work on $2.6 billion of new crossings of the Ohio River in the bi-state Louisville KY metro area.
2012-07-19: i-Zoom the local marketing term for electronic toll transponders sold in Indiana is being dropped in favor of the better known E-ZPass brand.
Agreement in principle reached with investors to rebuild Cline Avenue bridge with tolls in East Chicago IndianaBy Peter Samuel on May 18, 2012
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Anthony Copeland mayor of the city of East Chicago say they've reached an agreement-in-principle with United Bridge Partners to build a new toll bridge to replace a deteriorated free bridge on Cline Avenue, state route 912, the city's major access over the Indiana Harbor Canal west.
The Illinois Senate has passed legislation (SB3318) supporting the east-west tollroad that would go from I-55 in Illinois to I-65. This project is in the far south of the greater Chicago area.
And there's lots of other activity to develop and advance the project.
There's a bistate website on the project where you can sign up for news:
There's a flurry of activity on both the Indiana and Kentucky sides of the Ohio River around the Louisville-South Indiana metro area with the two state governments planning to use toll revenues to help finance some $2.6 billion in improvements to the cross river connections.
Legislation granting the Indiana Governor and his executive branch greater tolling powers seems to be moving to approval by the state General Assembly. The measure as sponsored by Governor Mitch Daniels (SB473) granted the executive branch a free hand in developing new toll roads and tolling of additional lanes on existing roads.
Indiana DOT reckon they'll save about half operating costs and motorists will save time and hassle with the conversion of a small Indiana-Illinois cash toll bridge to all-electronic toll (AET) collection. The last cash tolls were collected December 27, 2010 at the Wabash Toll Bridge, a small 2-lane 1950s steel truss span in the far southwest corner of Indiana on Indiana state route 62 (IN62) and connecting over the river with Illinois state route 141 (IL141).
Illinois DOT is advertising two consultant projects to conduct planning and permitting studies to build the Illiana Expressway, planned as a new east-west route in both Illinois and Indiana on the southern and southeast fringe of the Chicago metro area. The first job is described as a Prime Consultant and the second as a Project Manager Consultant, both to work on what they call a "Tiered Environmental Impact Statement" for the 60 mile, 100km long, approx
Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois was joined by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels today in signing legislation authorizing Illinois collaboration with Indiana to build the Illiana Expressway as one or more toll concessions or P3s. The new east-west pike to the south of, but parallel to I-80/94, is planned to go from I-55 in Will County southwest of Chicago through Peotone south of Chicago, across I-57 and eastward into Indiana to I-65.