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Southern Indiana officials celebrate I-69 extension work

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Some southern Indiana officials celebrated the start of construction work on a hotly-contested section of the Interstate 69 extension project.

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.

Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce president Christy Gillenwater told The Herald-Times that she believes the highway will help add jobs to the area and can't wait for it to reach Bloomington.

Construction is under way on the highway from Evansville to near Crane, but environmentalists have continued fighting the route picked near Bloomington.

Opponent Thomas Tokarski said protesters missed the groundbreaking ceremony because highway officials kept it quiet to give a false impression about public support.

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  • FINALLY
    Larry is absolutely right. With this comes a better infrastructure for both commerce, industry, tourism and ease of travel through the state. I live in Southern Indiana and support this forward thinking progress albeit late
  • Keep on building!
    This is great news. I always enjoy seeing how many negative comments are always posted regarding I69. Try driving down SR67 and see all the struggling small towns. I69 will bring distribution parks creating thousands of jobs. Stop worring about the costs and be thankful our state is progressing ahead for the stability of our future. They can't build this fast enough!!
  • I-69 Extension
    The only reason this got pushed through is because money talks. As usual, Gov. Daniels completely ignored all critics and opinions which were opposed to his own. He never hears anything he doesn't want to hear.
  • out of date
    Travel the country, Indiana is so far behind in infrastructure. If this I-69 corridor was finished, the state would be the hub of transportation between Canada and Mexico with warehousing, etc throughout the state. why the delay???
  • BLIGHT
    Great more miles of billboard blight in Southern Indiana. Look at Seymour and other towns to see the future.

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