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SR 641 Backers: I-69 Has Delayed Construction

The Indiana Department of Transportation has given a more definitive timeline regarding the completion of State Route 641 in Vigo County. The 6.2 mile, four-lane divided highway is meant to reduce congestion, as well as increase access to Interstate 70. The project began in 2003, and according to INDOT officials the road should connect with Highway 46 at I-70 by the end of 2014.

INDOT's public hearing Tuesday night at Terre Haute South Vigo High School relieved some residents who were concerned the project wasn't moving along as originally planned. Vigo County resident Jim Booe says the road will eventually be beneficial to drivers.

"I think the plans that I see now make very good sense, the interchanges look real good, and I think if they finish when they say on the book, everyone will be happy," he says.

Some residents however, feel INDOT's priorities have been elsewhere in recent years. Terre Haute resident Mark Grayless feels there hasn't been enough focus on SR 641.

"They should have went that road instead of I-69 new route, saved Indiana taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars for a ten minute longer trip to Evansville," Grayless says.

So far, two of the four phases of the project have been completed.

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