The I-69 public comment tour stopped in Daviess county last night. Residents met at the North Daviess Elementary school Gym with leaders from the Indiana Department of Transportation to talk about the highway that would relocate 18 homes and use 15-hundred acres of farmland.
Section three of the the study includes portions of Daviess County and southern Greene County, about 26 miles from Washington to Crane. Interested residents picked up brochures and looked at detailed maps while expressing their thoughts on where the road should go.
INDOT Deputy Commissioner of Communications Bruce Childs says they take these forums seriously.
“We had another gentleman tonight we were talking to him and he was pleased because his property site here and we’ve moved the road a little east,” said Childs. “Now he’s not impacted, so we do make choices to understand what these people are saying and to listen to them and pay attention we can make some adjustments.”
But those against the project say it’s not a done deal and came with the message, fix the roads we have.
“We have to invest in transit for the cities as well as suburban areas, we have to invest in rail,” says C.A.R.R. member Brian Garvey. “All this does is rob, it robs the citizens of the monies they should be getting for things that they need and deserve. This is being held, we are being held ransom by the road construction and auto lobby.”