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Road construction

Vehicles travel along a construction zone on U.S. 30 east of North 450 East in Valparaiso last month.

It's been billed by our governor as "the largest nonstop sustainable building program that our state has ever seen."

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also has said Hoosiers across the state will soon "see" and "feel" the results of a newly passed $4.7 billion infrastructure project.

It's paramount that the governor, state transportation officials and lawmakers ensure they make good on these promises of tangible road improvements — and quickly.

State lawmakers, including Indiana House Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, who led the road-plan charge, showed both wisdom and bravery in shepherding a 10-cent-per-gallon fuel tax through the last legislative session.

That tax took effect July 1, and we're already experiencing the higher pump prices as a result.

That tax is aimed at bringing our most important infrastructure — the roadways that link our points of commerce and way of life — back to respectability.

We've consistently argued the tax plan was both worthy of support and necessary to our state's long-term viability.

But now the state must demonstrate in the most tangible ways possible how it's making good on promises to make our American crossroads the envy of the Midwest and nation.

The road plan has identified 1,295 bridges for rehabilitation, 9,628 miles of roadway for resurfacing and another 122 miles of additional roadway as top priorities throughout the state.

Hoosiers deserve to see a constant flurry of activity as these plans come to fruition.

In turn, we all must exhibit patience as the state makes good on its promise, slowing down in construction zones, leaving earlier for destinations and keeping level heads on busy roadways under remediation.

Many state leaders, not the least of whom was freshman Gov. Holcomb, have promised these tangible results.

We all must hold them to it, keeping a watchful eye peeled for fresh asphalt, hardhats and construction signs dotting Hoosier highways.

It's time for Hoosiers to get the roadways we deserve.


Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.