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I-69 Letters Between MPO, INDOT, and FHWA Released

There is also a letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Governor Mitch Daniels.

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The I-69 subcommittee met last Friday to discuss what step the MPO will take in regards to including I-69 in its Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).

Kent McDaniel, Chairman of the Bloomington, Monroe County Metropolitan Transit Organization has released public documents related to the MPO’s actions to remove I-69 from its Transportation Improvement Plan.

The letters are between Bob Tally of the Federal Highway Administration, Richard Martin of the I-69 Subcommittee, McDaniel, and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Michael Cline. There is also a letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Governor Mitch Daniels.

The letters demonstrate frustration from INDOT and FHWA regarding the November 4 MPO meeting where members of the public expressed their discontent with INDOT and FHWA. The MPO’s responses argue that state and federal officials are not giving the MPO enough input on details of how sections four and five of I-69 will be built in Monroe County.

The next meeting of the MPO is scheduled for February 10, but McDaniel says he might postpone that meeting if some issues discussed in these letters are not resolved by then.

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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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