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Marion County Committee Urges Opposition To I-69

Opponents cite division of Perry Township, emergency-service complications.

An Indianapolis-Marion City-County Council Committee is voicing opposition to the proposed route for the proposed I-69 highway extension.

The Rules and Public Policy Committee has recommended that the full council adopt a resolution opposing the extension of I-69 through Perry Township in southwest Marion County. The route would turn State Road 37 in Marion County into a limited access eight-lane highway.

Opponents say it would divide Perry Township in two and complicate emergency services, and create new traffic problems on ancillary roads. Resolution co-sponsor Phil Borst say the current route makes no sense to him.

Governor Mitch Daniels has said that the extension of I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is a priority for his administration. During his campaign, he said he would be willing to revisit the choice of a route.

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