The Conexus Indiana Central Regional Logistics Council (CRLC) today released its regional logistics strategic plan detailing long-term infrastructure, public policy and talent development priorities to grow the logistics industry and the economy in the 28-county Central Indiana region.

The plan identifies 74 infrastructure projects, as well as public policy and workforce development opportunities, and establishes priorities for implementation. Infrastructure projects include road, rail, air and waterborne transportation, and projected costs are outlined for each. The CRLC says priorities were determined based on the potential for each to decrease transportation bottlenecks, increase direct rail service, increase use of regional air facilities for freight, and improve mode-to-mode connectivity within the region.

Priority projects include:

  • Completing I-69 from Bloomington to Indianapolis;
  • Adding lanes on I-65, I-70 and I-69;
  • Finishing the rural segments of US 31;
  • Connecting I-69 to I-65 with an outer loop connecting Madison, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks and Boone counties;
  • Converting US 36 to freeway-like access from I-465 to Danville;
  • Widening the existing 2-lane segment of US 231 to a 4-lane segment from Lafayette to I-74 in Crawfordsville; and
  • Improving and widening US 27 to a “Super-2” from Monroe to I-70 in Richmond.

They says these projects will  relieve the bottleneck of combined truck and passenger car congestion on both interstates and US highways.

Indy Politics spoke with David Holt of Connexus.  You can hear his comments in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.  They run approximately 8 minutes.