LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - INDOT's new $3 million maintenance facility in Logansport replaces the old unit built in 1966. It will allow greater service to the Hoosier Heartland Highway.
"This really is exciting. It really is going to help us to more effectively and efficiently treat the roads that we have here, the state roads here in the Logansport unit area,” said INDOT LaPorte District’s Acting Deputy Commissioner Matt Deitchley.
According to Deitchley, the Logansport unit serves 384 miles of state highway.
"That goes for the Logansport area, a lot of the smaller areas like Burrows and Camden,” said Deitchley.
The unit primarily serves Carroll and Cass Counties. They also maintain roads in four surrounding counties.
The new facility provides more than two thousand extra feet of usable space. Indoor wash bays and garage space were also added.
Operations Manager Johnie Mcintire says it is features like these which will make the difference come winter.
“A lot of times we deal with breakdowns in the wintertime. And a lot of it is because they're out in the elements or we can't get the ice off of the hose that's leaking. So we can't put the truck out on the road,” said Mcintire.
Governor Eric Holcomb has planned an additional 60 billion dollars for construction and maintenance over the next 20 years. It is part of his Next Level Roads plan.
State Representative Ethan Manning says work would be spread out, but the investment will create safer roads for the future.
"It may not be fun during construction time with traffic, right? But we're very happy when that work is done and we know that we safe roads that are being taken care of,” said Manning.
An additional $1.2 million was used to upgrade the facility's salt barn in 2016. It increased salt storage by 600 tons.