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Monroe County looks to limit I-69 truck stops

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Officials in southern Indiana's Monroe County are looking at tougher rules for any truck stops that might be built with the opening of the Interstate 69 extension.

The county Planning Department is proposing the rules for new trucks stops in the Bloomington area, The Herald-Times reported.

The proposal would ban overnight parking unless at a space with electrical service to prevent trucks from idling for hours. Another provision would limit truck stops to industrial zones and to within 2,000 feet of a highway exit or entry ramp.

County planning director Larry Wilson said any new truck stop would have to be a state-of-the-art project, including plans for spill containment beyond fuel leaks.

"It doesn't have to be hazardous waste," Wilson said. "It could be milk. But a few thousand gallons of milk could have a disastrous impact."

A 67-mile stretch of I-69 opened last November from near Evansville at I-64 to near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center southwest of Bloomington. Construction is underway on a 27-mile section between Crane and Bloomington that is expected to open to traffic late next year.

Many Bloomington-area residents and officials spent years unsuccessfully trying to block the state's proposed route for extending I-69 between Indianapolis and Evansville.

Kelsy Benckart, of Bloomington-based Stone Belt Freight Lines, said she worried about how the county would define a truck stop and that the rules could limit the availability of services for semitrailers.

"From a safety standpoint, the last place I want to see trucks is on the side of the highway," she said. "They will stop, because the law requires them to."

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  • Economic boost
    I live where I-69 stops just NW of crane, and there has been a small qwik-stop close to where 69 ends at the present time, and the qwik-stop(not its real name)did well in past years, but now you can hardly get in and out of the place because of just the sheer amount of patrons, the place went from fools gold to solid real gold, literally overnight.
  • Stupidity at it's finest!
    So, what they are saying is that they also want to keep the economy choked too! What new factories would want to locate there if trucks have no place to park before or, after pickups? Oh my, we cannot have any new jobs or industry here, that might just benefit our economy! Everyone wants to see new jobs come in but, many are very unappreciative & disrespectful to truck drivers for their needs & safety as well. We honor our soldiers that protect our freedoms but, never think about what we wouldn't have if it wasn't for the truck driver. We can also throw up the environment to keep progress from happening too, and yet still complain about unemployment at the same time. Who is running the show down there, Forest Bump?
  • Bypass Bloomington!
    Okay the liberal crybabies and spoiled brats in Bloomington are trying to act all bad and everything. Of course it will backfire and the coffers of Bedford and Martinsville will prosper. Then we'll hear the crybabies, cry some more when they realize that they lost out again.
  • Tantrum
    Actually, what will happen is all those trucks will bypass bloomington alltogether and stop and spend the night just south or just north of Bloomington. All those $$$ will be spent elsewhere. Childish responses will have very real economic consequences for the city.
  • Love it
    Go Bloomington! They did not want 69 and got threatened with highway defunding if they did not comply. So now they are sticking it back to keep Bloomington less cluttered from semis. It is there city and they have a great product! I hope this strategy works for them. If all cities were the same what a boring world we would live in. Fight the power!
    • Seriously
      Geez, the Monroe County Planning Department just pulled a play right out of the Tea Party playbook. If you can't do it the right way just throw junk against the wall and hope it sticks. You guys are brilliant. Who is the head of your planning commission, Wile E. Coyote?

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