The US 31 Corridor project from Indianapolis to South Bend is one of the most beneficial projects for the state. The advantages are well documented and include both economic development benefits as well as travel and safety benefits.
The current road has fatality and other crash rates as high as 2.5 times the statewide average.
These crashes are due to congestion and the number of driveways on US 31.
The new road will prevent 2600 accidents and 12 fatalities per year.
Completion of the full corridor will provide safety benefits totaling $2.6 billion.
The project will generate $5.3 billion in savings from reduced travel times.
There will be a decline in vehicle hours of traffic of 4.3%.
Travel time savings will lead to an estimated $454 million for Indiana trucks and $1.2 billion for car trips made for business purposes.