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I-69 Project Extension Cost Soars Past $3 Billion

Last updated on Monday, May 18, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Evansville Courier-Press reports the cost of extending Interstate 69 from Indianapolis to Evansville has soared past $3 billion.

That's according to new Indiana Department of Transportation estimates.

In 2003, state officials said the 142-mile extension would cost $1.77 billion, but now inflation and other costs have pushed the anticipated price to $3.1 billion.

The higher costs have renewed opponents' calls to build the highway along existing routes rather than carving a new route through southwestern Indiana.

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