WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Governor Mike Pence hit on funding needs and recent road projects in Tippecanoe County Wednesday at Purdue’s Road School.
Pence spoke about a number of Major Moves 2020 projects impacting Hoosiers and businesses during day two of Road School. The Major Moves 2020 trust fund is used exclusively for major highway expansion projects, two of which are in Tippecanoe County.
“There’s really no better example than very close here in the Lafayette area. If this is your first time traveling to Purdue since last year’s Road School you may have driven on the beautiful new Hoosier Heartland from Lafayette to Logansport,” Pence said to the crowd at Road School. “Or you may have noticed less truck traffic near campus on U.S. 231 that’s been realigned just west of the city.”
More than 2,000 road professionals from across the state were there as Pence spoke about recent legislation he’s backing at the statehouse.
“I’m seeking to free up some 400-million dollars in additional funding for roads through the so-known Major Moves 2020 endeavor,” Pence said. “I remain cautiously optimistic that we will get a favorable response from the General Assembly, but the reason I will be hurrying back through the snow is to finish making that argument.”
On Tuesday, Republican Speaker Brian Bosma said Pence will likely get somewhere between $200 million and $400 million for transportation projects. Lawmakers will decide on the exact number sometime this week before the legislative session wraps up.
Road School at Purdue ends Thursday.