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C-LINK launches I-69 Web site

November 18, 2009

C-LINK, the alliance of chambers of commerce in northwestern Kentucky, has launched a new Web site to help with its advocacy efforts on Interstate 69.

The group has pushed for attention and funding for the interstate project that will run through western Kentucky from Henderson to Fulton primarily using the existing parkway system.

The site, www.buildI69-KY.com, offers status reports on the project, reasons why its an important project to Kentucky and opportunities to get involved in advocating for the project.

The interstate project also calls for a new bridge over the Ohio River just east of Henderson which took a step forward earlier this year with the passage of legislation that will create state infrastructure authorities. The authorities, working with the state of Indiana, will create funding plans for these mega projects that will allow the authority to borrow money to help fund the project and then likely levy tolls to assist with repayment.

Progress on Interstate 69 through Kentucky is detailed in an article today by the Henderson Gleaner‘s Chuck Stinnett.

North of the Ohio, the I-69 project is facing a mixed bag, with the stretch from Evansville to Crane named as a priority by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, but the stretch from Crane to Indianapolis facing opposition, particularly from city leaders in Bloomington.

The Evansville Courier-Press editorial board weighed in on the impasse this week, noting the importance of the new interstate to southwestern Indiana.

From the editorial

But some of the folks in Bloomington and Monroe County don’t seem to get it. In a story published in the Indiana Daily Student on Tuesday, Tom Tokarski of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads said, “This highway is just so people from Evansville can come to Bloomington to watch basketball games.”

If the I-69 opponents truly believe that, while discounting legitimate concerns about the economy, about modern transportation needs, about access to every thing from medical care to education, and about the safety of students, then unfortunately this may be a long impasse.

It’s always difficult to negotiate with children.

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