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INDOT seeking public input on infrastructure plan

By: - August 29, 2022 1:07 pm

The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking input on the state’s four-year construction plan. (Getty Images)

The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking public input on amendments to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The STIP is Indiana’s four-year transportation planning and construction document listing projects (and phases) expected to be federally funded within a four-year period.

Sometimes changes are made to a project’s scope, cost and/or year of proposed construction.  When these changes occur, they are evaluated to determine if the change requires an amendment or an administrative modification to the state plan.

Major changes to the state plan require an amendment.  Examples of a major change would be:

  • Adding a new project that was not included in the current STIP
  • Adding a new phase of a project not currently included in the STIP (preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, construction)
  • A significant increase or decrease in project cost
  • A change in project scope

Minor changes to the state plan require an administration modification, examples of a minor change would be:

  • A designation number change (this identifies what year the project was accepted into the production schedule)
  • A change in project schedule whereas the timing of activities is modified to occur within an adjusted timeframe (within the 4-year funding period)

Only projects for which construction and operating funds can reasonably be expected to be available are included.  If a project is not included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, it is not eligible to receive federal funding.  As modifications and amendments occur, fiscal constraint must be maintained, a news release said.

INDOT welcomes public input regarding draft amendments to the FY 2020 thru 2024 STIP.  The draft amendments are posted to a public comment web page for a minimum period of 7 days (may be extended in some cases).  The public is encouraged to review draft amendments and offer comment.

Generally, draft amendments are posted monthly and typically during the 3rd week of each month.  Draft amendments may be reviewed by visiting the STIP amendment page.

Once an amendment is approved, the STIP is updated accordingly.

To learn more Hoosiers can visit the INDOT construction map to view current and future INDOT construction projects.

Public comments regarding Amendment 22-01 will be accepted through Sunday, September 4, 2022 and can be submitted via the public comment form located on the STIP amendment page.

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