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MPO Hopes INDOT Looks Past I-69 Opposition

Officials say they are cautiously optimistic there won’t be any backlash from INDOT for years of opposition to the road from county leaders.

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Section 4 of the road, which runs from Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to Bloomington, is slated to be complete next year.

Following a Friday vote including Interstate 69 in Monroe County planning documents, officials say they are cautiously optimistic there will not be any backlash from the Indiana Department of Transportation for years of opposition to the road from county leaders.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield, reached by phone Monday, would only say talks are progressing between the Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization and transportation officials.

But planning for Section 5 of the road, which encompasses most of Monroe County, is not complete, so the number and type of highway interchanges is not certain and neither is the route.

But Monroe County Council President Geoff McKim says he believes any hurt feelings generated by harsh rhetoric can be overcome, adding that the county is already getting most of what it wants in plans currently on the table.

“There’s always a chance, of course, that they could change before the record decision comes out,” McKim says. “But we haven’t seen that happen, for example, with Section Four.”

Section 4 of the road, which runs from Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to Bloomington, is slated to be complete next year.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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