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Indiana Congressmen Join I-69 Caucus

The Interstate 69 Congressional Caucus brings together leaders from many of the states where I-69 passes through to advocate on behalf of the road.

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Photo: Wes Martin/WFIU-WTIU News

Gov. Mitch Daniels cuts a banner signifying the opening of Interstate 69.

Two Indiana congressman are serving on a congressional caucus formed this week and tasked with advancing the development of Interstate 69, the interstate being developed from Brownsville, Texas, to Port Huron, Michigan.

Republican Larry Bucshon (IN-8) is co-chairing the bi-partisan caucus with Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Ed Whitfield (KY-1), Steve Cohen (TN-9), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), and Bennie Thompson (MS-02). Republican Todd Young (IN-9) is also on the caucus.

“I’m happy to join my colleagues and lead this caucus to educate the House on the importance of this project as we move forward with transportation planning,” Bucshon said in a statement.

Bucshon says his hope is the caucus will help accelerate I-69 projects such as the bridge between Evansville, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky.

“I-69 presents a tremendous opportunity to move people and products more efficiently and is vital for the economy of Southern Indiana,” Bucshon said.

According to Bucshon, more than 530 miles of the interstate are complete. In Indiana, the 64-mile stretch from Evansville to Crane opened in November 2012. A 27-mile section from Crane to just south of Bloomington is currently under construction. It’s scheduled to open late in 2014.

In a statement Trevor Foughty, a spokesperson for Rep. Young, said the congressman joined the caucus to make sure constituents’ concerns were accounted for during the construction.

“The road will have a significant impact in places like Bloomington, Bedford, and Martinsville, so we want to help shape the debate in Congress to the extent we can on behalf of Hoosiers,” Foughty wrote.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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