I-69 Wins Federal OK

I-69 Wins Federal OK

I-69 wins federal OK

March 30, 2004 - Paraphrased Article from Indianapolis Star

By: Jason Thomas and John R. O'Neill

Indiana’s proposed I-69 extension took a giant leap forward Monday when federal officials endorsed the most direct route for the highway from Indianapolis through Bloomington to Evansville.

That means Indiana can proceed with detailed design and engineering for the $1.78 billion project that will eventually become part of an international highway connecting Canada to Mexico. The earliest the project could be completed is sometime after 2012, according to state estimates.

Reggie Henderson, director of small business and economic development policy for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, said the new highway “will open up a whole corridor of trade and enhance economic development opportunities.”

Several other states also are planning I-69 segments – eventually all part of a direct route from Canada to Mexico.