WASHINGTON -- A transportation funding bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday includes funding for I-69, a bus terminal in downtown Terre Haute and a statewide program designed to enhance communications among public service agencies. The projects were requested by U.S. Rep. John Hostettler.
The bill also includes language stating that the Lawrenceville-Vincennes airport will be given priority when applying for federal airport grant money.
"Considering the number of transportation projects competing for federal dollars, I am pleased that these important Indiana projects were funded," said Hostettler. "Adequate infrastructure and quality roads are essential for economic development and safety. These projects will enhance both for Hoosiers in southwestern and central Indiana."
The fiscal year 2004 transportation appropriation bill provides $1 million for engineering services and environmental studies for the entire segment of the southwestern and central Indiana."
Another $1.8 million was designated for the Cherry Street Multi-Modal Facility in Terre Haute. This project will include space for the city's transit transfer center, potential commercial space and a parking garage, and is part of the revitalization plan for downtown.
The bill also provides $2 million for Project Hoosier SAFE-T (Safety Acting For Everyone - Together), an initiative of Indiana's local, state and federal public safety agencies to implement a statewide voice and data communications system.