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Gov. Daniels Says I-69 Will Be Completed In Bloomington

Last updated on Thursday, December 22, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON)- Gov. Mitch Daniels says a hotly debated section of the Interstate 69 extension in southern Indiana will be built despite continuing opposition in the Bloomington area.

Daniels told reporters Tuesday that the state has options for funding a 1.75-mile highway stretch that is the focus of a dispute with the Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization. That group has refused to include I-69 in its area transportation plan, a step needed for federal money to be used on the section.

Daniels says he hopes his administration doesn't have to respond by withholding millions of dollars for Bloomington's bus systems and other area road projects. But he will if he has to.

The Bloomington panel has cited concerns about how the I-69 construction is being funded, its environmental impact and the location of interchanges.

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