Report: travel times better on Borman
Post-Tribune staff report August 12, 2013 8:24PM
The Borman Expressway, looking from Burr Street to Cline Avenue. | Post-Tribune file photo.
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:15AM
Daily commuters may not agree, but a recent report issued by the state and Purdue University researchers say Borman Expressway improvements improved travel speeds along the busy highway.
The 2012 Indiana Mobility Report, published by the Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue, also showed that the state’s transportation infrastructure is on the upswing with most congestion problems blamed on construction, severe weather and accidents. The report said that since 2011, congestion on Indiana’s interstate system was reduced by 6 to 18 percent.
Interstate 65 in Lake County was considered the second most congested highway in the state by the report.
The $300 million Borman road widening construction, completed in 2011, took seven years to finish. Additional lanes were built in both directions from the Illinois state line to Interstate 65.
Also, $189 million was spent on construction of new ramps connecting I-65 to the Borman. The money came from Major Moves, the state’s 10-year transportation plan, funded largely by the leasing of the Indiana Toll Road.