AL.com » States probably won’t be able to raise the capital needed to implement President Trump’s infrastructure plan, according to Dennis M. Powell, Massey Powell founder and president. Since 2012, 31 states have raised infrastructure spending through gas-tax increases, fees, tolling, leasing, bonding and transfers from general funds, and many states face future pension obligations.
Northbound Interstate 65 (I-65) is closed because bridge bearings have fallen and a bridge pier has sunk nine inches possibly due to a combination of the contractor’s construction work to widen I-65 to six lanes and creek water pooling. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is concerned similar closures may occur on other bridges due to lack of funding for maintenance and rehabilitation of Indiana’s 5,600 state bridges, 350 of which are currently in poor condition.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) suspects work done by contractors to widen northbound Interstate 65 (I-65) to six lanes may have led to bridge bearings falling out just days before a bridge pier sank nine inches due to possible underground water feature damage. The northbound I-65 bridge near Lafayette is closed until further notice and highway officials have implemented a 52-mile detour to keep heavy traffic off city streets.