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Plans in works to add lanes to I-69 in central Indiana

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State highway officials are working on plans to add lanes to a busy section of Interstate 69 through central Indiana.

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 State Road 37 in Fishers and Indiana 38 near Pendleton. The highway now has at least three lanes from I-465 in Indianapolis to near the Indiana 37 interchange.

Agency spokesman Harry Maginity told The Herald Bulletin that state money for the estimated $79 million project is expected to be included in a highway funding package by legislators this year.

The highway department is planning to start construction work on the additional lanes next year, with work being completed in late 2016 or early 2017.

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  • ScottD
    ScottD, which local taxes that you pay directly benefit me, the guy that lives in the city and walks to work? Assuming you live north of Marion county, the answer is none. Oh, and Marion county is a net contributor to the state's pool of total tax revenue by the way. That's right - the INDOT money that's paying for your lanes *is* coming out of my pocket. So it's good that you're done here, because facts are facts. That is all.
  • Who's being "ignorant" now?
    Did you just build your entire argument around the absurd premise that none of my taxes pay for anything that you use or anything that supports you? There is a saying about arguing with someone that would claim such a thing. Taking that saying to heart I'm done here.
  • Got 'em!
    "I'll start with the whole 3 blocks of sidewalk I use to get from home to the office. Now it's your turn." Well played.
  • Peace and understanding?
    Scott, it's not "peace and understanding" to take our tax dollars to build your superhighways, but then object to spending money on urban infrastructure (i.e. transit) in Indianapolis. If the 100,000 people that live in that area want to pay for the expansion, then I will support your right to do so 100%. But let's not kid ourselves: you (or others similarly situated) take the superhighway into our city, drive on our roads, and leave as quickly as possible without contributing a dime in revenue to pay for those city roads - while my taxes go to fund your ever-expanding need for lanes. The "tower 17" nonsense is pure hyperbole and demonstrates your ignorance of city life (which is admittedly not for everyone). Let's try actual peace and understanding - you pay for the things you use and nothing more, and I'll pay for the things I use and nothing more. I'll start with the whole 3 blocks of sidewalk I use to get from home to the office. Now it's your turn.
  • What?!
    Are you referring to the 100,000 taxpayers that use I-69 each day? And irresponsible sounds primarily like the OPINION of a few. Having opinions is nice. But expecting others to live in a manner that only befits you is irrational at best and tyrannical at worst. Live and let live. We are not here to serve you. We are here to live alongside you - hopefully in peace and understanding.
  • Re: ScottD
    ScottD, why should the taxpayers have to pay for your irresponsible choices of where you live?
  • A 23rd floor apartment in tower 17. No thank you.
    Thank you DOT for using my tax money to allow me and others to live the way that we want to live here in this glorious free country. It would be a shame if a police state were to artificially force us into living where and how a select few have chosen.
  • Another
    Drew Rosenbarger - true, but INDOT isn't trying to solve traffic problems - they're trying to keep their "crack staff" fully employed while rocking the boat as little as possible. #moreroads. Urbanophile must be casting around looking for some DOT consulting work. #suckup.
  • Induced Demand
    "Adding lanes to solve traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to solve obesity." – Glen Hemistra
    • YES!!!
      Right on Nick-how can we continue to throw money away when this will not solve the problem just add to it. Mass Transit people!
    • Transit
      How about use the money for mass transit, make 69 a toll road, and finally start weening people off their addiction to cars. Additionally, a Marion County tax for people who commute in and use our infrastructure.
      • Stop the urban sprawl
        Yeah, increase traffic flow there, leading to more backups on I-69/I-465 ramps. Stop encouraging unnecessary sprawl. Just be glad that they expanded it up to Exit 5. Now the Fishers/Geist folk get to sit and wait on the exit ramps and not be blocking the main highway.
      • why note more?
        Why note just extend all 6 lanes to Fort Wayne? The greater Indianapolis area needs to go on a traffic diet. We don't need more lanes. We need people to live closer to where they're employed.
      • Finally!
        Applause, Applause, Applause! I agree with Aaron - why stop at the Pendleton exit? I could see the benefit of extending this project to the IN-32 / IN-67 exit.
      • Great Project
        Clearly a needed project so kudos to INDOT. However, I might note that six laning is actually needed all the way to exit 26. Not sure why they are stopping at Pendleton.

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