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INDOT Releases New I-69 Environmental Impact Statement

INDOT says the Draft Environmental Impact Statement looks at potential impacts the road will have on the natural environment.

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The DEIS looks at potential environmental impacts of the road. Construction of section five could begin in 2013.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has released the latest Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Section 5 of I-69.

Section 5, which will run from just south of Bloomington to S.R 39 near Martinsville, will generally follow the current path of S.R. 37. However, according INDOT Spokesman Will Wingfield, it is unknown how much of the current road will be kept, as not all of it is not up to current interstate specifications.

“As we get into design, we’ll really start to nail down more of the details of what from the existing state road 37 can be leveraged as we look to upgrade the corridor to Interstate 69 standards,” he says.

The DEIS looks at potential impacts the road will have on the natural environment, examining rivers, streams, flood planes, and other ecological features.

“The DEIS shows that I-69 is both feasible and constructable while minimizing environmental impacts,” INDOT Deputy Commissioner Samuel Sarvis said in a statement. “Indiana is a national leader in innovative highway financing and construction, and INDOT is exploring all options to continue delivering this critical project at record speed.”

The plans are available for the public to view at local public libraries, at the I-69 project office in Bloomington as well as online.

Groups opposed to the interstate say the state does not have the finances available to complete Section 5.

INDOT is holding a public forum on December 6th, at the Monroe County Fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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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  • jimh1939

    I still don’t know why they didn’t go straight from Bloomfield to Ind39, except for the fact that I was told by a Bloomington mayor some years ago that going through Bloomington was not negotiable, and INDOT’s efforts have all been unequivocal about that so it’s not just one person’s unprovable observation. There is some politics that go back at least 40 years which have been quietly buried. At the start it seemed to be about Evansville getting better access to IU games, which seemed insane to me. Bloomington itself is doing so popularly as a somewhat off the main drag that it does not need I69 at all. Crane etc. do not need to go through Bloomington. I wish I knew who was so determined about this, just for trasparency if nothig else.

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