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Last updated on Thursday, September 12, 2013
(UNDATED) - Business leaders in Daviess County and Owensboro Kentucky have started a coalition to build Interstate 67.
The road would link into I-69 near Washington, extend south through Jasper and Owensburg and eventually link up with I-65 at Bowling Green, KY.
Coalition member Hank Menke says the Bowling Green to Owensboro leg would involve upgrading the Natcher Parkway to interstate standards. The bridge over the Ohio was already built to those standards. Engineering on the improved US 231 to I-64 has already been completed and the road could be improved to an interstate. That leaves a 38 mile "green build" section from 64 to Washington.
The link into I-69 in Washington has led to the involvement of some Daviess County officials. Private interests along the route have already had a $200,000 study done of the Washington to Bowling Green corridor.
The Cambridge Systematics study concluded the road would draw a minimum of 16,000 vehicles a day, make for safer travel, provide an alternate route south so that I-65 traffic could avoid Louisville, and lead to more economic development.
Right now the state of Indiana is not looking closely at the I-67 picture. That could change in the future but INDOT is making no commitments.
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