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I-69 Information

The Interstate 69 extension from Evansville to Indianapolis is the top legislative priority of the Chamber of Commerce and our organization is committed to its final completion. As the most important economic development investment of our lifetime, the I-69 extension will bring new jobs and development to southwest Indiana.

Over the past decade, primary advocacy for completing I-69 from Indianapolis to Evansville originated from individuals and organizations in Southwestern Indiana. The Southwestern Indiana Regional Highway Coalition was incorporated in 1991 and maintained a 501(c) 6 tax status. The organization, which was later called “Voices for I-69” and was instrumental in establishing an extensive grassroots network throughout the region and spearheaded intense public support, which led to the federal approval of the Record of Decision.

In 2004, “Voices” evolved into the “Hoosier Voices for I-69” coalition, which worked to bring a statewide focus to the I-69 project. During the past legislative session, “Hoosier Voices” was instrumental in the effort to build support for passage of Governor Mitch Daniel’s “Major Moves for Indiana” transportation plan. As a result of “Major Moves,” the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is accelerating the I-69 project to begin construction in 2008, with expected completion in 2018.

For additional information and updates on the I-69 extension project, please visit our advocacy site at www.buildi69.com or the official project site at www.i69indyevn.org.


 

The I-69 Extension from Indianapolis to Evansville is one of the most important economic development investments the state can make in Southwest Indiana.

 

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