(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana's U.S. senators and seven of its nine congressmen don't want Bloomington to stand in the way of the Interstate 69 extension.
A letter signed by the Indiana politicians - eight Republicans and one Democrat - and addressed to Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan termed the project "a vital component for securing long-term economic growth both for the state and the Bloomington area."
The letter, dated Oct. 5, urges the policy committee of the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization to reconsider its decision earlier this year to exclude I-69 from its long-range Transportation Improvement Plan. Inclusion in the TIP is necessary before federal highway money can be spent on the highway within the MPO's planning jurisdiction, which basically is the Bloomington urbanized area.
However, Kruzan said he doesn't think input from Indiana's senators and congressmen will carry much weight in the MPO's deliberations.
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