I-69

UPDATE: Fatal accident wreaks havoc on north-side traffic

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
Two highway workers were killed when a pickup truck crashed in an Interstate 69 construction zone on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Morning commute traffic backed up for miles.
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Indiana agencies finalize deal for new I-69 section

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana officials have approved a pact with a private company that will finance and build the new section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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Plans in works to add lanes to I-69 in central Indiana

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation's proposal would add a third travel lane to both northbound and southbound I-69 in a 14-mile stretch between Fishers and Pendleton.
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Stretch of I-69 extension set to start next year

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
The state plans to select a contractor in March for the 21-mile section between Bloomington and Martinsville.
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Monroe County looks to limit I-69 truck stops

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
Officials in southern Indiana's Monroe County are proposing tough rules for any truck stops that might be built with the opening of the Interstate 69 extension.
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Next I-69 section to cost less than expected

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
State officials say revised plans for a section mean fewer homes and businesses would be torn down. And the cost is at least $100 million less than an estimate released last year.
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Four teams bidding for I-69 financing, construction

August 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The state hopes to start converting the 21-mile stretch of interstate early next year. The project is estimated to cost $394 million.
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Indiana presses ahead with I-69's next section

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
The company that will build the 21-mile Bloomington-to-Martinsville segment by upgrading existing State Road 37 will sign a public-private deal under which it will arrange its own financing to design and build that stretch.
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Fed review finds Indiana highway land deals compliant

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Highway Administration report found Indiana Department of Transportation records were adequate and sufficient.
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State OKs private financing for roadworkRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Transportation will press ahead with a request for proposals on Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, in hopes that a public-private partnership will stretch limited state funds.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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I-69 leg gobbling up state's road fundingRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
As legislators brace for a $250 million annual transportation spending gap down the road, the Indiana Department of Transportation has designated more than one-third of its entire federal highway aid this year toward building 27 miles of Interstate 69 between Crane and Bloomington.
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Fishers to kick in $8M toward new I-69 interchange

December 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Fishers Town Council voted Monday to spend $8 million in local funds toward construction of an Interstate 69 exit at 106th Street that will cost an estimated $25 million to build.
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Indiana considers private firm for final I-69 legs

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is considering hiring a private firm to design and build the stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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New section of Interstate 69 getting positive reviews

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Users of the new 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 that opened two weeks ago in southern Indiana say it is already saving them time and money.
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SW Indiana leaders say area must seize I-69 prospects

November 13, 2012
Associated Press
The opening of the Interstate 69 extension's first section in southwestern Indiana next week presents economic opportunities that some business and government leaders say the area must seize.
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Interstate 69 extension under budget, set to open

November 2, 2012
The 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 connects communities from just northeast of Evansville at Interstate 64 to the U.S. 231 interchange near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.
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Paving signals progress as I-69 creeps north

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Paving on both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 69 from Evansville to the U.S. 231 interchange in southern Greene County is nearly completed.
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INDOT: I-69's first 65 miles may open in November

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
The first 65 miles of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension from Evansville to Indianapolis are expected to open to traffic in November once contractors finish up the project's first leg, state highway officials said.
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Environmental groups lose in bid to stop I-69

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled against opponents of the $3 billion Interstate 69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville who claimed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law.
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Some still not sold on I-69 plans in southern Indiana

April 25, 2012
Associated Press
The complaints were quieter but still firm during the latest public hearing about plans for the Interstate 69 extension through southern Indiana.
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Hamilton County I-69 widening will reduce lanes

April 23, 2012
Associated Press
A project to widen Interstate 69 at the 116th Street/Indiana 37 interchange in Fishers will restrict traffic to two lanes in both directions beginning in June.
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Southern Indiana officials celebrate I-69 extension work

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
Several government and business leaders participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the 27-mile stretch of I-69 from near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to Indiana 37 south of Bloomington.
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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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