Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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DIGEST

Indiana Commerce Connector. For purposes of the statute concerning tollways, allows the designation of the Indiana Commerce Connector as a tollway. For purposes of the statute governing public-private agreements concerning toll roads, allows a public-private agreement (without legislative authorization) that would allow an operator to impose tolls for the operation of motor vehicles. For purposes of the statute governing public-private agreements by the department of transportation (department): (1) authorizes a public-private agreement for the Indiana Commerce Connector; and (2) provides that if all or part of a project to be carried out by a public-private agreement will consist of a Indiana Commerce Connector. For purposes of the statute concerning tollways, allows the designation of the Indiana Commerce Connector as a tollway. For purposes of the statute governing public-private agreements concerning toll roads, allows a public-private agreement (without legislative authorization) that would allow an operator to impose tolls for the operation of motor vehicles. For purposes of the statute governing public-private agreements by the department of transportation (department): (1) authorizes a public-private agreement for the Indiana Commerce Connector; and (2) provides that if all or part of a project to be carried out by a public-private agreement will consist of a tollway, the draft version of the request for proposals for that project must require any offeror to submit a proposal based upon that part of the project that will consist of a tollway, and deletes the current authority for offerors to submit alternative proposals based upon the assumption that a different part or none of the project will consist of a tollway. For purposes of the statute governing the designation of state highways as tollways, allows the designation of the Indiana Commerce Connector as a tollway without legislative authorization. Requires the department, whenever the department wishes to acquire real property, to make every reasonable effort to negotiate a willing purchase with the owners of real property before commencing condemnation proceedings. Requires the department: (1) to study whether the use of high occupancy lanes on Interstate Highway 465 is feasible and advisable; (2) to study whether implementing the Indiana Commerce Connecter as a toll road restricted to commercial traffic is feasible and advisable; and (3) to report the department's findings of the studies to the general assembly. ... View more