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Daniels: I-69 Set To Break Ground In Summer

Last updated on Monday, November 19, 2007

(WASHINGTON, IN) - Governor Mitch Daniels has officially announced ground will be broken for the I-69 expansion project next summer.

The interstate extension, aimed at providing a direct link between Indianapolis and Evansville, is reported to be on track by Governor Daniels during his visit to the "Dave Crooks Show."

The final route will branch off Interstate 465 in the Circle City and come down the same route as SR-37, by way of Martinsville, and then will branch around the west side of the City of Bloomington. From there, however, it will bypass Lawrence County, instead, forging a new, direct path from southern Monroe County, through Crane, Washington, Petersburg, and Oakland City, and terminating in Evansville.

The project has garnered quite a bit of both opposition and praise, as opponents say INDOT should focus on maintaining existing roads first and supporters praise the potential economic development the road will bring.

The project is expected to cost just shy of $1.8 billion, $356 million of which comes from Hoosier coffers.

For more detailed information, visit http://www.i69indyevn.org.

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