State pushing Monroe County officials to adapt I-69 plans

The state highway department might withhold tens of millions of dollars for projects around Bloomington as the agency is
pushing local officials to adopt plans for the Interstate 69 extension through southwestern Indiana.

Bloomington
and Monroe County officials have declined to include aspects of the I-69 project in their transportation improvement plan.

A deputy commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation said the state and local plans must match for federal
money to be spent in an area. Samuel Sarvis told The Herald-Times he didn’t believe the agency would spend any construction
money in Monroe County until the two plans are in line.

Among planned projects in the area is the widening of the
Indiana 45-46 bypass around Indiana University’s campus.

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