Luke Messer, an attorney at the
Pointing out that most economic development in recent years has gravitated to major highways, coalition members believe the road would bring jobs. Shelbyville is a short distance along Interstate 74 from the $550 million car assembly plant Honda Motor Co. is building near
Daniels says the road is needed to bring jobs to the communities and to ease growing congestion on Interstate 465.
However, other communities in the path of the road have been reluctant to lend public support. Hundreds of people who have turned out to meetings to discuss the idea have voiced overwhelming opposition over worries about traffic, loss of farms and land being acquired through eminent domain.
The 75-mile road would link Pendleton,
Daniels proposes allowing a private company to build and fund the project. Tolls collected from the road also would help pay to extend Interstate 69 between
The Indiana Senate Transportation Committee has approved a bill to fund the Commerce Connector as well as the Illiana Expressway, a toll road that would link northwest