An organization dedicated to the construction of I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis has a new leader from the Bloomington area. The board of directors for Hoosier Voices for I-69 named Morgan Hutton from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce as the new executive director.
For years the organization has been largely run out of Evansville. Now that construction has been accelerated, Hutton says Hoosier Voices wanted to turn its focus to completing the road from Bloomington to Indianapolis.
“This transition for the organization just shows the great amount of progress I-69 construction has seen over the past few years,” Hutton says.
I-69 is scheduled to be complete from Evansville to Bloomington by the end of 2014. But Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads co-founders Thomas and Sandra Tokarski say the road can still be stopped. They see Hutton’s appointment as a sign proponents are worried the opposition could hinder the future progress of the road.
“The people that are coming together on this are the same people in this community who have always supported it,” Sandra Tokarski says. “That’s the chamber, that’s the highway construction lobby and by and large the people on the street are against this.”
The Tokarskis say Hoosier Voices wanted to appoint someone in Bloomington who could pressure local officials to support the road despite public opposition.