HOUSE BILL No. 1117
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 8-23-12-4.
Synopsis: Highway modernization projects. Requires the department
of transportation to add to its biennial work program a category of
projects that are designed to improve the capacity of state highways
without constructing new travel lanes.
Effective: July 1, 2007.
January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.
First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1117
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 8-23-12-4; (07)IN1117.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 8-23-12-4, AS AMENDED BY P.L.4-2005,
SECTION 118, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 4. (a)
The department shall
annually adopt from its long range program and publish a biennial
work program of construction to be accomplished within the following
two (2) fiscal years. This biennial work program must consist of a list
of projects listed in order of urgency. In case of emergencies and
disasters resulting in the necessity for completely unforeseen demands
for construction, or if unforeseen difficulties arise in the acquisition of
rights-of-way, materials, labor, or equipment necessary for proposed
construction or the availability of funds, a deviation from the adopted
biennial work program is permitted. The relative urgency of proposed
construction shall be determined by a consideration of the physical
condition, the safety and service characteristics of the highways under
consideration, and the economic needs of the area served by the
highways. In arriving at and making a determination, the department
shall utilize all studies, data, and information made available to it from
any appropriate source including economic data, relative to affected
areas, from the Indiana economic development corporation.
(b) A biennial work program adopted under subsection (a) must
include a list of projects that are to be accomplished within the
following two (2) fiscal years and are devoted to the modernization
of the state's highways. The list required by this subsection may
include any construction project that is intended to increase the
capacity of a state highway and that does not include the
construction of new travel lanes. The list may include a project:
(1) for the construction of turn lanes;
(2) to eliminate dangerous curves;
(3) to eliminate dangerous hill crests; or
(4) for any other improvement to a state highway that will
increase the capacity of the state highway without adding new