Editorial: I-69 completion sets up economic opportunity

Daily Journal

A 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Evansville to the Crane complex is now open.

Construction of that stretch was funded largely through the $3.85 billion that Indiana gained through the 2006 Major Moves deal — the 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road, in exchange for upfront cash to pump into pressing infrastructure needs.

That money, though, is now either spent or set aside for specific projects, and Indiana is set to join other states that have struggled to find cash to pump into transportation as revenue from gasoline taxes decline. So the fate of the remaining sections of I-69, particularly the final leg from Bloomington to Indianapolis, remains under a cloud of doubt.

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