ROANOKE, Ind. (WOWO): Before meeting with Ted Cruz Thursday afternoon, Governor Mike Pence had business to tend to in Huntington County.
Pence joined State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and other local leaders to break ground on the Lafayette Center and C.R. 900 N reconstruction project in Allen and Huntington Counties.
As he did in this past legislative session, Pence reiterated the importance of funding road projects. “We truly do believe that, when it comes to infrastructure, you have to take care of what you got.” Pence said in a speech made before the groundbreaking. “You gotta finish what you start, but you also have to build for the future.
Lafayette Center between the GM plant and Roanoke will be expanded from two to four lanes and will add a center turn lane, paved shoulders, roadside ditches, a new grade-separated railroad crossing, the widening of two existing bridges, upgraded signals, and intersection improvements at U.S. 24 and C.R. 900 N.
The project will cost $19.1 million and be complete in the fall of 2018. It will span a total of 3.7 miles that are almost evenly split between Allen and Huntington Counties.