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I-69 Project Offices Open

I-69 project offices are opening across the state. Each of the six sections of the interstate extension from Indianapolis to Evansville will have a dedicated center.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation met with local government officials in Bloomington Tuesday. At the session, Lyle Sadler responded to concerns that state and local governments don’t have enough money to address current roadway projects.

“I understand your concern,” said Sadler, “but I’m assuring you at this point that it’s already included in a program that we have federal approval on or federal recognition of that it’s a sound program. We will be okay with this.”

Open houses will be held Wednesday in the southernmost sections of the extension. In remaining sections 4,5, and 6, the project office open houses will be this Thursday. Section 6 project manager Tim Miller says crews will conduct what’s called a “windshield survey” of the I-69 corridor over the next 18 to 36 months.

“We actually go out and visually inspect the land, the terrain what is out there,” Miller said. “Right now are there businesses, are there homes? We get this information in order to make sound engineering decisions that will minimize any potential impact that this may have.”

A public open house governing section 4 of the proposed highway will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at 3802 Industrial Boulevard in Bloomington. A second open house, for section 5 of the I-69 corridor, will be held from 9 to 6 at One City Center in Bloomington.

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