HOUSE BILL No. 1317
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 8-16.
Synopsis: New Harmony bridge. Requires the state to enter
negotiations to purchase the bridge crossing the Wabash River on State
Highway 66. Authorizes the transportation finance authority to: (1)
accept the conveyance of the bridge; (2) operate and maintain the
bridge; and (3) contract with the department of transportation to
operate and maintain the bridge.
Effective: July 1, 2005.
Van Haaften, Becker
January 13, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1317
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
utilities and transportation.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 8-16-1-18; (05)IN1317.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 8-16-1-18 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 18. (a) A special and
distinct fund is created to be known as the Indiana interstate bridge
fund. Such fund shall be:
(1) held in the name of the authority; and
(2) administered by the authority.
All expenditures therefrom shall be made by the authority.
(b) Except as provided in section 15 of this chapter, expenditures
from the fund shall be made only for the purpose of:
(1) paying the cost of constructing or acquiring, by purchase or
condemnation, highway bridges and the approaches thereto,
which may be constructed or acquired by authority of this chapter
or acquired under IC 8-16-15;
(2) paying the cost of maintaining,
enlarging, extending, or
improving any such bridge or the approaches thereto.
The costs specified in subdivisions (1) and (2) shall include the
expense of all engineering, architectural, legal, and other expert service
rendered to the authority and other preliminary and incidental
expenses. Such payments may be made as such costs are incurred or
such services rendered.
(c) Any income from such fund or any part of the principal not
pledged to the payment of bonds issued by the authority may be used
for the purposes set forth in section 4 of this chapter, and the fund shall
be reimbursed for any such expenditures out of the proceeds of any
bonds issued for the construction or acquisition of any bridge on
account of which such expenditures were made.
SOURCE: IC 8-16-1-26; (05)IN1317.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 8-16-1-26 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 26. (a) This section
applies only to a bridge that:
(1) was constructed under this chapter or was acquired under
IC 8-16-15; and
(2) crosses the Wabash River.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, a bridge
subject to this section does not become a part of the system of state
highways free of tolls or a tollway under IC 8-15-3 when bonds are
retired and all funds fully reimbursed.
(c) (b) Money collected for the use of a bridge subject to this section
shall be allocated to the authority and used for the following purposes:
(1) Operation of
the a toll bridge facility described in subsection
(2) Maintenance of
the a toll bridge facility described in
(3) A reserve fund for future toll bridges over the Ohio River to
be located within the same county in which the bridge subject to
this section is located.
SOURCE: IC 8-16-15-1; (05)IN1317.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 8-16-15-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 1. Subject to the
provisions of this chapter and IC 8-16-1, the
department is hereby
authorized and empowered to Indiana transportation finance
authority shall enter into negotiations with the proper authority having
control of the state highways of the state of Illinois and with the owners
of the bridge which that spans the Wabash River and over which State
Highway No. 66 passes from this state Indiana into the state of Illinois
for the purpose of acquiring the ownership of and title to such the
bridge jointly, by the state of Illinois and in the name of the state of
SOURCE: IC 8-16-15-2; (05)IN1317.1.4. -->
SECTION 4. IC 8-16-15-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 2. (a)
If the proper
authorities of the state of Illinois are empowered by the laws of the
state of Illinois to enter into
such negotiations and if the department
and the authority having charge of the state highways of the state of
Illinois can agree with the owners of such bridge on the purchase-price
of such bridge, then and in that event the department is hereby
authorized and empowered to acquire the ownership of and the title to
such bridge, jointly, with the state of Illinois, to pay not to exceed fifty
percent (50%) of the purchase-price agreed upon, out of any funds
appropriated to the department which might otherwise be used for the
construction of bridges, and to for the conveyance of the bridge
described in section 1 of this chapter, the state of Indiana acting
through the Indiana transportation finance authority shall accept
the conveyance of the land, bridge, other improvements, and assets
of the owners of the bridge.
(b) The state of Indiana acting through the Indiana
transportation finance authority may enter into
with the proper authorities of the state of Illinois as may be fair and
equitable for the repair, maintenance, and upkeep of such the bridge
and to expend such amounts of the money as may be necessary to
maintain such the bridge.
(c) After acquiring the bridge described in section 1 of this
chapter, the Indiana transportation finance authority shall operate
and maintain the bridge under IC 8-16-1. However, the Indiana
transportation finance authority may contract with the Indiana
department of transportation to operate and maintain the bridge.