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Monroe County Residents Complain About I-69 Road Damage
Updated July 15, 2015 3:52 PM | Filed under: Transportation
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(MONROE CO.) - Construction on I-69 is causing problems and Monroe County residents are complaining.

Crews are building the I-69 extension's Section 4, which stretches about 27 miles from Naval Surface Activity Crane in Greene County to Indiana 37 south of Bloomington.

According to the Herald Times, many Monroe County residents say that construction of the highway has led to more heavy equipment traveling down the small, two-lane roads they frequently use, which in turn damages the pavement.

One resident said that one road was practically reduced to rubble while another resident claimed he lost a tire and a set of ball joints to the rough pavement.

Contractors are responsible for working with local governments to determine the best routes to haul equipment and materials, INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield said in an email.

Bill Williams, director of the Monroe County Highway Department says most of the contractors have insurance bonds that allow the county to file a claim if roads are damaged. In the case of Victor Pike -- the road Moore and Lawrence use -- there was no such agreement, but Williams said contractor E.S. Wagner Co. of Oregon, Ohio, has given the county $300,000 to resurface the road.

However, the county isn't going to have that work done until E.S. Wagner's trucks are finished hauling stone out of Indiana Limestone Co.'s Victor Quarry at the end of the construction season in October or November.

Williams says the county is also waiting to resurface other sections of roads in the area because overpasses are still being constructed.

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