Plans for Interstate 69 in Monroe County have not been included in the local transportation documents for the 2012 through 2015 budget years. Bloomington Planning Director Tom Micuda says the members on the Metropolitan Planning Committee voted for the exclusion because of questions INDOT has yet to answer.
“The reasons are that there were a number of unanswered questions that came up between the members of the policy committee that had the make the decision and representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Most of the unanswered questions centered around the environmental issues,” Micuda said.
Micuda says the 9-to-4 vote is representative of residents in Monroe County and what they want the Transportation Improvement Program to fund.
“There’s always been a split in the community of Interstate 69. It’s been a very divisive issue and there are a number of people who don’t feel it’s in the best interest of the community and I think the vote reflected that.”
Micuda says when INDOT representatives received the news they were unhappy.
“We know that INDOT is very disappointed, they’ve indicated that to us. We believe that probably what INDOT will do now is they will seek to try to put Interstate 69 back in our program at some point in the future,” he said.
Micuda hopes to have a resolution within a year.