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The Continuing I-69 Discussion

This week on Noon Edition, we discussed continuing events in the state's effort to build I-69.

This week on Noon Edition, we discussed continuing events in the state’s effort to build I-69. Joining us in studio were INDOT I-69 Spokesperson Cher Goodwin, INDOT Deputy Commissioner Samuel Sarvis, Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads President Thomas Tokarski, and Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops.

I-69 Opponents Debate Cost, Quality and Desirability of the Interstate

As appraisers canvas southern Indiana counties along the proposed route for I-69’s extension purchasing homes and property, opponents are saying the state is speeding up the road’s construction too quickly and at too high a cost. Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Sam Sarvis says the interstate doesn’t need to have all the aspects as one that would connect with other states. He says that allows the state to reduce median width, eliminate some interchanges, lay thinner levels of asphault and pursue other cost-cutting moves.

“We won’t build it less than our own standards that have been approved by federal highway. It’s not a chip and seal road. It’s an interstate quality highway. But we certainly don’t need to build it for the connectivity of multiple states until we get to that level. So we’re trying to be good stewards of tax dollars,” he said.

Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops says cutting corners is not a good financial investment. Even though the state pledges to save money in the short term, he says the quality of the interstate will suffer.

“As far as I understand it, the thinner asphalt pavement doesn’t meet federal standards. And if we stage this we just pave this interstate as need arises then we’ll be laying down initial asphalt and then trying to upgrade  after the fact which certainly has to be more expensive than just doing it right the first time,” he said.

Governor Mitch Daniels has said he wants the interstate open by the end of 2012.

  • Terri Greene

    New-terrain I-69 is an idea that has gone from bad to worse. INDOT should stop wasting taxpayers' money on this boondoggle and focus on fixing and improving our current infrastructure. That I-69 will bring jobs to Indiana is a myth (especially now that it's slated to be built cheaply and unsafely with fewer interchanges). Building I-69 guarantees the loss of homes, businesses, communities, farmland, and woodlands. Is that worth saving a few extra minutes driving from Evansville to Indianapolis?

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  • highwaysupporter

    Build it Now!!!!

    This road will bring jobs and economic development to the state of Indiana.

    Feel free to promote the advocacy website for I-69 on your show. Check it out at http://www.buildi69.com.

    Thanks!

  • highwaysupporter

    Why is there no advocate on the program? Sure, INDOT is there….but you need to have a representative from the advocacy groups…..equal representation would be nice.

  • ThomGillespie

    Hi. My name is Thom Gillepsie and I'd like to state that I don't think this road should be built particularly in the 21st century.

    I think light rail makes sense; I think greatly extended net infrastructures will make enormous improvements in business in the state. I think that I-69 resembles what happened in New London, Ct where houses and properties were appropriated and literally nothing came from it other than empty, non-revenue producing empty land.

  • Marcus

    Btown had better get out of their bubble and realize the benefits that this highway can bring. Sure they are building it to Crane, but it needs to be built to 37! I hope the state prioritizes the Crane to Bloomington Section!

  • Terri Greene

    New-terrain I-69 is an idea that has gone from bad to worse. INDOT should stop wasting taxpayers' money on this boondoggle and focus on fixing and improving our current infrastructure. That I-69 will bring jobs to Indiana is a myth (especially now that it's slated to be built cheaply and unsafely with fewer interchanges). Building I-69 guarantees the loss of homes, businesses, communities, farmland, and woodlands. Is that worth saving a few extra minutes driving from Evansville to Indianapolis?

  • highwaysupporter

    Build it Now!!!!

    This road will bring jobs and economic development to the state of Indiana.

    Feel free to promote the advocacy website for I-69 on your show. Check it out at http://www.buildi69.com.

    Thanks!

  • highwaysupporter

    Why is there no advocate on the program? Sure, INDOT is there….but you need to have a representative from the advocacy groups…..equal representation would be nice.

  • ThomGillespie

    Hi. My name is Thom Gillepsie and I'd like to state that I don't think this road should be built particularly in the 21st century.

    I think light rail makes sense; I think greatly extended net infrastructures will make enormous improvements in business in the state. I think that I-69 resembles what happened in New London, Ct where houses and properties were appropriated and literally nothing came from it other than empty, non-revenue producing empty land.

  • Marcus

    Btown had better get out of their bubble and realize the benefits that this highway can bring. Sure they are building it to Crane, but it needs to be built to 37! I hope the state prioritizes the Crane to Bloomington Section!

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