Indiana Officials Celebrate Opening of $14.5 MILLION Roadway Just For Big Rigs
Jeffersonville, IN — After more than two years, a roadway built specifically for semi-trucks has opened in southern Indiana.
Known as the Heavy Haul Transportation Corridor (HHTC), the two-lane road runs between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana.
It’s just over one mile long and is designed to withstand vehicles weighing up to 134,000 lbs.
During HHTC’s groundbreaking in November 2019, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said the purpose of the corridor was to pull “most semi-trucks” off of Highway 62 and make the roundabout in the area safer.
“It’s especially scary if you’re trying to go through there and there’s a semi next to you,” Moore stated at the time. “The semis do not stay inside their lanes and it’s going to produce some accidents, and it has.”
At a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Thursday for the HHTC, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) spokesperson Natalie Garrett said the new roadway eliminates truckers and other motorists in the area from having to “deal” with one another in the area.
“They (truckers) are not dealing with the day-to-day traffic as much,” she said. “It’s also safer for local travelers. They (local travelers) are not having to deal with the large trucks, you know, and all that could bring.”
Garrett also called the HHTC a more “direct” and “safer” route for commercial drivers.
The HHTC was developed by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Ports of Indiana, Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Clark County, Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission and River Ridge Development Authority in partnership with the INDOT.
The $14.5 million project was federally funded, according to INDOT.