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Holcomb shares economic development plan with few funding details

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican candidate for governor Eric Holcomb announced his economic agenda Tuesday but offered few new ideas and little information about how he would fund it. Holcomb’s proposal includes building a fourth port on the Ohio River, a $1 billion innovation and entrepreneurship plan, and growing the Regional Cities Initiative […]

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Hollingsworth, Yoder go head-to-head in first debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. — In the first debate of the season, 9th Congressional District candidates Democrat Shelli Yoder and Republican Trey Hollingsworth went head-to-head to discuss questions on infrastructure, healthcare and gun control. The debate remained friendly until the candidates were asked in the final question if they would release their tax returns. […]

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SR 37 recommended to connect I-69 to Indianapolis

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Using State Road 37 between Martinsville and Indianapolis to build I-69 is the “logical choice,” according to transportation officials. “This route offers the strongest opportunities for economic growth, most significant safety improvements, and greatest reduction in congestion of all route alternatives evaluated,” Brandye Hendrickson, the Indiana Department of Transportation commissioner, […]

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$50 Million Construction Project For I-465/I-69 Interchange

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Drivers on the northeast side will see more construction in the coming years with the goal of easing traffic long term. Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday announced plans for a $50 million construction project to the I-465/I-69 interchange. The project will reconfigure the interchange used by more than 165,000 drivers […]

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Fourth section of I-69 expansion now open

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The rubber is meeting the road on a brand new section of I-69, which opened in Greene and Monroe counties Wednesday morning. “Hoosiers know that roads mean jobs, and this new interstate section is a key component to the economic vitality and development of southwest Indiana,” Pence said in a […]

Commentary: Running the I-69 game on empty

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Commentary: Running the I-69 game on empty

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com They could have stopped at Bloomington. They could have stopped before getting anywhere near Bloomington. They could have scrapped the whole thing and saved $3 billion, give or take, which would come in very handy for repairing the state’s existing roads and bridges. But the power of the highway lobby and […]

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Pence: State will partner with private firms to finish I-69

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he’s “firmly committed” to completing the extension of Interstate 69 to Indianapolis but he wants to do so using partnerships with private business. Pence said that doesn’t mean tolls. He said there’s “no plan for tolling” the sections of I-69 from Crane to Indianapolis. […]

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Opposition to I-69 could mean funding cut for Bloomington bus system

Bloomington could lose more than $12 million in federal funding for its bus system and the region could lose millions more for road and bridge projects if the local Metropolitan Planning Organization fails to put construction of Interstate 69 into its transportation plan.