Governor Touts "Major Moves" For Getting Key Aboite Widening Project To Finish Line

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 6:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana's much talked about "Major Moves" road construction initiative gets the credit for funding an important new widening project in Aboite Township.

But not everybody is a big fan of Governor Mitch Daniels pet program.

Virtually everyone who drives is a fan of the new improved State Road 14 or Illinois Road widening, between Scott Road and Interstate 69 to the east.

It has been open to traffic for a few weeks now.

But the ribbon cutting to officially dedicate this project happened in a rain shower Wednesday morning, and Governor Daniels was on hand for the occasion.

He says while other states are too broke to build or fix roads, Indiana is trucking right along because of “Major Moves”, which takes billions of dollars from the Indiana Toll Road leasing arrangement and puts it into road work.

The program has staunch supporters.

Stephanie Schultz/Likes the Illinois Widening Project: " I used to live right down off of 14, and the two lanes with no turn lane was always very dangerous, and it's much nicer to drive up here now."

State Sen. Tom Wyss/(R) Fort Wayne: " You're talking hundreds and thousands of jobs across the state and most importantly, we're getting infrastructure done, we're getting safety projects done, all of these things that we couldn't afford to do before."

But there are detractors as well.

Democrat state lawmaker Win Moses from Fort Wayne says the benefits of “Major Moves” have been overstated.

He says $785-million worth of Hoosier roadwork came from the Obama federal stimulus package, something he claims Governor Daniels is reluctant to acknowledge.

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