I-69 Extension Prosposal Stirs Controversy
The I-69 construction project is designed to make travel easier for Hoosier motorists but it again stirred up controversy during a meeting Tuesday in front of more than 200 residents of Bloomington and Martinsville.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials discussed four options to extend I-69 from southern Bloomington to southern Martinsville. Many opposing the project said they could lose property in the construction. Citizens for the Appropriate Rural Roads member Tom Tokarski says the group has been opposed to the project for over 20 years, and are still opposed to it because it's environmentally destructive. He says "the project will take over 4,000 acres of some of the best farm grounds in the state and pave it over."
INDOT officials said they would try to make the project work in the favor for those debating both sides of the construction. The expansion is still in the planning stages and at the earliest construction won't begin until 2013.