The Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization held a public meeting in City Hall today to vote on whether to include I- 69 in Monroe County’s 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program.
City Hall was packed with Monroe Residents this afternoon during the meeting to discuss the implementation of I-69 in Bloomington.
Indiana Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner of Major Programs, Samuel Sarvis was there to inform residents that there are sufficient funds dedicated to the construction of I-69 in Bloomington.
“We had seven hundred million dollars that were associated with I-69 and governors major moves program and we’ve been doing very well, and we’ve been doing very well in the terms of down south in those first three sections,” said Sarvis.
Tom Tokarski, a representative from Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads, foresees bigger issues for Bloomington if the interstate is constructed due to federal financial implications.
“If they get as far as Bloomington the state has admitted they don’t have the money to complete it,” he said.
Clark Sorensen, a Monroe County resident, attended the meeting and believes that bringing I-69 to Monroe County would be a huge mistake.
“I hope that the politicians and the appointed people vote the will of the people not their bosses. Bill Williams from the highway Department, Susie Johnson from the Utilities City Department, I’m not sure which way they are going to vote, but if they vote the way the people want they will say no to putting it in the TIP, it’s that simple,” said Sorensen.
A final vote is planned to be cast later tonight.