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Construction Begins Near I-69 Opponents’ Property

Construction began Friday behind the home of long-time I-69 detractors Thomas and Sandra Tokarski

Plans to connect Indianapolis to Evansville via Interstate 69 have been in the works for decades. In 2002, Tom and Sandra Tokarski organized a group of South Central Indiana residents to fight a plan to build the road on new terrain. Their group, Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads, or CARR, has been the forefront opposition to then Governor Mitch Daniels’ plan to construct the highway.

Now, less than five years after the highway broke ground in Evansville, construction has begun on the Tokarski’s property.

“It tears your heart out. This is everything we have worked our whole life for,” he says. “We have lived here for decades, this is what we believed in, this is what we wanted to preserve, it was our legacy for the future, for our children, and our grandchildren. It’s all being obliterated for I-69.”

The Tokarskis plan to move before the highway is complete. Thomas is a self proclaimed environmentalist.

“We have preserved our woods in a way, we have tried to control erosion, we have let the trees grow, we have let the wildlife live here. We never intended to cut this timber, we were going to let it grow, we consider this a living work of art,” he says.

While we visited the Tokarski’s property Friday, workers who were there clearing trees tried to block the WFIU/WTIU News crew from filming the construction.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • progressiveGreene

    I’m so sad to see the post about the land behind the Tokarski’s being cleared. Thanks Thomas and Sandra for all you’ve done to try and stop this environmental abomination!

  • jeffandicott@yahoo.com

    Tom should be forced to spend time with relatives of all the people killed along 57, 45 and the other outdated and unsafe roads in Southern Indiana. He is not the first person to lose some of his property for the greater good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6857399 Wally Weaksauce

    Great point, Jeff Andicott. It’s almost like someone, someone! needs to
    come up with an organization to advocate for appropriate rural roads or
    something. Gosh, who would do that?

  • boadacia

    This is NOT an appropriate rural road! It is not related to the greater good! Ultimately people will be killed on it–as most accidents are due to driver error. Sad sad sad.
    What a waste of taxpayer money. The Tokarskis are heroes.

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