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This project was made possible by many contributors to the documentary. Individuals from Washington and Bloomington, Indiana; the Indiana Department of Transportation and Governor Mitch Daniels are featured in the documentary, along with several others. Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway was a key resource and was prominently featured in the documentary. To purchase a copy of the book, visit author Matt Dellinger’s website.
What are the consequences for not passing I-69?
Local governments and organizations could lose federal and state funding for public transportation programs. INDOT approves plans for public transportation funding, and it has threatened not to approve plans unless they include I-69.
- Indiana senators, congressmen ask Mayor Mark Kruzan, MPO to reconsider vote | Herald-Times (account required), Oct. 11, 2011.
- Federal agency says it won’t resolve dispute over I-69 extension | The Republic, Oct. 10, 2011.
When will I-69 be completed?
The section of I-69 that runs through Evansville is expected to be ready by the end of 2012. I-69 construction has begun in Greene and Daviess Counties. Other sections have been delayed because of disputes. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels say it will be up to the next governor to finish the project.
- Portions of Interstate 69 ready for traffic by end of 2012| Evansville Courier & Press, Aug. 29, 2011.
- State says I-69′s next phase on schedule, eyes 2012 completion | Evansville Courier & Press, December 28, 2010
- I-69 to Crane by 2012 | Evansville Courier & Press, October 21, 2009
- Interstate taking shape in Greene, Daviess counties | Herald-Times (account required), Sept. 1, 2011.
- Construction of Martinsville portion of I-69 may wait until 2015 | Herald Times (account required), September 23, 2008
What are the MPO’s concerns about I-69?
The MPO sent a list of questions to INDOT about the construction of I-69. They are concerned about environmental impacts and lack of federal support for future projects among other issues.
- Bloomington/Monroe County sends I-69 questions to INDOT | Herald-Times (account required), Sept 22, 2011
- MPO’s questions to INDOT: http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/09/22/0921_MPOqueries.pdf
- INDOT’s answers to MPO: http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/10/21/1013_I69INDOTresponses.pdf
- INDOT urges Bloomington officials to include I-69 in transportation plans | Herald-Times (account required), July 30, 2011.
- INDOT assessing impact of Bloomington vote on I-69 | Evansville Courier & Press, May 18, 2011
- Indiana Agency, Bloomington Squaring Off Over I-69 | Indiana’s News Center, June 18, 2010
- Local, state officials working to move beyond disagreement on I-69 plan | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), November 22, 2009
- I-69 dispute has transit officials worried | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), November 18, 2009
What are the environmental concerns about I-69?
People worry that I-69 will worsen flooding, be detrimental to the natural habitat, increase industrialization that is not needed in the area, and have lasting effects on the area that is largely untouched by major roads and development.
- Environmentalists say I-69 bridges will worsen flooding | Bloomington Herald-Times (account required), May 8, 2011
- Environmentalists challenging state permit for I-69 extension | Evansville Courier & Press, May 8, 2011
- State eases environmental impact of I-69 footprint | Evansville Courier & Press, October 23, 2010
Who are the key supporters of I-69?
A wide range of people both support and oppose I-69. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has pushed strongly for the project and other federal and state lawmakers have also thrown in their support.
- Indiana senators, congressmen ask Mayor Mark Kruzan, MPO to reconsider vote| Herald-Times (account required), Oct. 11, 2011.
- Daniels renews support for I-69| Washington Times-Herald, July 28, 2011
- Firm gets I-69 job just months after settling fraud claims | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), April 23, 2008
- Long Thompson says she favors I-69 | Bloomington Herald-Times (account required), January 15, 2008
Who opposes I-69?
The opponents of I-69 are largely those who are worried about its environmental impact or are directly affected by its construction, although the conflict has also brought in many other people from various backgrounds.
- I-69 protesters arrested; event set for Wednesday | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), July 15, 2008
Who is paying for I-69 and how much is it?
Federal and state grants are paying for most of the construction, but local governments will have to take responsibility for additions such as nearby bike trails and pedestrian bridge crossings. The I-69 project received $700 million from the Major Moves transportation plan. Governor Mitch Daniels says it will be up the next governor to figure out how to fund the interstate once he is out of office. I-69 will then be competing against other transportation projects in the state for funding.
- City gets another I-69 grant| Washington Times-Herald, July 21, 2
- I-69 work coming in under budget | Bloomington Herald-Times (account required), April 13, 2011
- $58.5 million I-69 contract awarded | Evansville Courier & Press, June 22, 2010
- Daniels says cost of I-69 extension can be cut | Tribune Star, May 19, 2009
Will I-69 include toll roads?
No. Although Gov. Daniels was pushing for toll roads, a law was passed in May 2011 that banned them on I-69.
- Law bans tolls on new I-69 | Bloomington Herald-Times (account required), May 8, 2011
- Governor Daniels closer to getting toll road power | Evansville Courier & Press, April 6, 2011
- Proposal would give Indiana governor authority to create toll roads | Evansville Courier & Press, April 4, 2011
- Rep. Larry Bucshon, chamber’s Steve Schaefer push feds on I-69 bridge | Evansville Courier & Press, February 19, 2011
When did I-69 construction begin?
I-69 construction began at different times depending on the section of the interstate. Construction began in the first small section in 2008 in Gibson County and in Greene County in Nov. 2010. Construction has not started in the Monroe County area.
- I-69 planning, construction now running at high-speed | Tribune Star, October 17, 2010
- I-69 work officially begins | Washington Herald Times, October 5, 2010
- Interstate 69 Groundbreaking in Greene County | Buildi69.com, November 8, 2010
- State revs up I-69 schedule | Evansville Courier & Press, November 29, 2009
- Crews push ahead on 1st section of I-69 extension | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), September 7, 2008.
- Indiana breaks ground for I-69 | Evansville Courier & Press, July 17, 2008
- I-69 advocates celebrate groundbreaking | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), July 17, 2008
- I-69 construction off to a rocky start | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), July 13, 2008
- Invitation-only groundbreaking set for I-69 segment | Evansville Courier & Press, July 3, 2008
- INDOT: I-69 project won’t be delayed | Tribune Star, December 11, 2008
- Plans may change, but I-69 controversy won’t | Bloomington Herald Times (account required), July 13, 2008
- Austin picked for I-69 board | Evansville Courier & Press, Aug. 19, 2011.
- Landowners affected by I-69 advised | The Washington Times-Herald, January 21, 2010
- Build I-69 Site
- Indiana University I-69 Research Guide
- I-69: Indianapolis to Evansville: FAQs
- Interstate 69: a book by Matt Dellinger
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