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Conexus Releases Logistics Plan for North Central Region

Monday, August 31, 2015

According to a press release from Conexus Indiana, the plan identifies infrastructure projects that decrease transportation bottlenecks, increase direct rail service, increase use of regional air facilities for freight and improve mode-to-mode connectivity.

The priority projects include the completion of U.S. 31, converting U.S. 30 to a 4-lane full access controlled freeway, transforming the Kingsbury Intermodal into a niche multimodal rail service yard, completing the Soo Locks to ease transportation between Lake Superior and the steel mills and power plants supporting North Central Indiana business, connecting the toll road to U.S. 30 and ensuring construction of the Illiana Expressway giving better freight access to Chicago.

“With (this plan) we can target and increase funding, public policy and workforce development initiatives through public/private partnerships,” said Jeff Rea, president and CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. “But it’s not just for business. Our residents, too, will benefit from improved mobility and job opportunities.”

The plan also calls on federal, state and local governments to avoid regulating barriers to the safe and efficient movement of goods and resources. And it calls for further educational opportunities to develop skilled workers.

This is the third plan launched by Conexus Indiana. The fourth plan, developed by the Northwest Regional Logistics Council, is scheduled for a media launch on Sept. 15.

David W. Holt, vice president of operations and business development for Conexus Indiana, said the next step is a public education outreach to government officials and non-logistics business leaders in all 92 counties to discuss the needs in the plan and how to address them.

David Holt, Vice President of Operations and Business Development
Conexus Indiana

Jeff Rea, President and CEO
St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce