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first_imgKey House Committee Passes Comprehensive Road Funding Package State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) voted in favor of a long-term road funding proposal presented to members of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation.“This plan will finish what we started and take care of what we need when it comes to our roads and bridges,” Sullivan said. “Officials from Southwest Indiana testified in support of the plan that would fund local projects. We will continue to examine this policy as we work to ensure Indiana’s infrastructure is sound and safe for years to come.”According to Sullivan, co-author of the bill, over the next 20 years Indiana will need on average more than an additional $1.2 billion annually to maintain and improve roads and bridges.Sullivan said House Bill 1002 offers a responsible and data-driven road funding plan, calls for increasing user fees by 10 cents per gallon on gasoline, special fuel and motor carrier surcharge taxes to restore buying power lost to inflation. The gasoline tax has not been increased since 2003 and the other fees haven’t been increased since 1988. Under this plan, Sullivan said the average Hoosier motorist would only pay about $4 more per month at the pump. Moving forward, these fuel tax rates would adjust by up to 1 cent per gallon based on inflation.Under House Bill 1002, the remaining 4.5 cents of the sales tax on gasoline would be shifted from the state’s general fund to the State Highway Fund. Sullivan said this helps ensure all taxes paid at the pump are dedicated to funding road and bridge improvements.Sullivan said the moneys would provide a stable and sustainable source of funding for Indiana’s Community Crossings Matching Grant Fund, which provides road funding dollars to local governments.If passed, House Bill 1002 would also require the Indiana Department of Transportation to study tolling and submit a waiver to the federal government to allow tolling on existing interstates.The bill can now be considered by the House Committee on Ways and Means Committee, which Sullivan also serves on.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgTraffic officers have been patrolling the busy holiday route as part of a trial this year, and now they’re extending their patrols to visit three primary schools.The crews are running two highways awareness days, visiting Blackwater Community Primary School and Chacewater Community Primary School near Truro on Wednesday, 19 September, and Goonhavern Primary School, near Perranporth, on Thursday, 20 September.The children will get a chance to chat to the traffic officers about their jobs and will get to see first hand their patrol vehicle and the equipment used every day as they patrol England’s major A roads and motorways.Highways England’s trial initiative has seen traffic officers patrol the A30 in Cornwall for the first time during the bank holiday weekends and summer holiday season.The aim of the initiative is to provide further assistance to motorists on the South West network, and extend the traffic officer service further south into Cornwall to continue an already close working partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council.The traffic officers have been patrolling the A30 between Carland Cross and Liftondown and, based at Bodmin police station and Cornwall Council’s Castle Canyke depot during the peak holiday months, they have been much closer at hand to provide assistance along both the A30 and A38.During the summer holiday period up to its conclusion on Monday (10 September), Highways England crews attended a total of 134 incidents, including live lane breakdowns, road traffic collisions and debris clearance. And on the last Sunday in July, the traffic officers’ ‘powers of recovery’ averted major disruption on the westbound A30 as they were able to assist police by towing a broken down horsebox and vehicle to safety at Okehampton Services.Rob Penney, South West Service Delivery Manager for Highways England, said:“The patrols have been really well received by both holiday makers and local residents.“Following this initial trial period, the school visits are a great opportunity to meet local children and raise road safety awareness among this young audience.”The highways awareness days will launch a longer-term STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) initiative run by Highways England’s A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross project team.The schools’ outreach programme, which will run from October, is designed to engage children from four to 18 in fun, hands-on activities which will teach them more about the interesting work taking place as part of the dualling scheme.Josh Hodder, project manager of the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross scheme, said:“The traffic officers have had a great reception and we look forward to working with local schools to teach them more about the STEAM project and our work on the scheme.”For any schools interested in receiving a STEAM visit, or learning more about Highways England’s work in the area, email [email protected] more information on the roles and responsibilities of a Highways England traffic officer.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more