Lawmakers approve bill to remove limit on I-69’s final leg

Indiana lawmakers have approved a bill that would lift restrictions on where the final leg of the Interstate 69 extension can be built.

The Indiana Senate voted 31-19 Monday in favor of the measure, which heads to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.

The bill would revoke a 2004 law that prohibits the highway from passing through southern Marion County's Perry Township. Supporters say they want state highway officials to have the option of using that corridor for the I-69 section between Martinsville and Interstate 465.

Opponents say allowing that route would cause traffic troubles and hurt businesses along the Indiana 37 corridor, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The stretch of highway under dispute is the sixth and last leg of the half-built 142-mile I-69 extension between Evansville and Indianapolis.

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