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Judge Halts Monroe County I-69 Noise Ordinance

The state argued Monroe County's noise ordinance was delaying construction on Interstate 69.

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Photo: Joe Hren/WTIU News

I-69 construction south of Bloomington can now resume at night after a just issued a temporary injunction of Monroe County's noise ordinance.

A Marion County judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise I-69 construction crews could make between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The ordinance was approved last month after residents complained about how much noise construction crews were making at night.

That forced contractors to stop work at night, so, the Indiana Department of Transportation filed a motion for a temporary order to stop the ordinance, saying it was delaying construction of the interstate.

Judge David Dreyer approved that motion after hearing arguments from the two sides last week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation claimed Monroe County had no authority to limit construction. the Monroe County attorney argued state contractors must still abide by county laws.

“We remain committed to working with Monroe County and its residents to try to minimize noise, but to do so in ways that meet our legal and contract obligations,” INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says.

But Monroe County resident Tom Tokarski has been fighting I-69 for decades, and he says he doesn’t trust that promise.

“I’m sorry but I’m suspicious of anything, any reason INDOT gives us for their actions,” Tokarski says. “They’ve simply shown over the years that they can’t be trusted. They are pushing and their pushing so hard that we’re suffering.”

The ruling is a temporary measure, and the larger lawsuit is ongoing.

Monroe County attorney David Schilling says the county commissioners have not yet discussed the injunction and what steps they plan to take moving forward.

Preliminary Injunction: Monroe County Noise Ordinance

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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