News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 11, 2008

INDOT: I-69 project won’t be delayed

Funding shortfall slowing some state road projects

INDIANAPOLIS — Some road projects might have to be delayed due to a shortfall in investment funds for Indiana’s Major Moves program, but a state spokeswoman says the Interstate 69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville won’t be one of them.

State Transportation Commissioner Karl Browning told lawmakers this week that investment income from the money the state received under the Indiana Toll Road lease is about $220 million less than what officials had anticipated two years ago.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said that may push back some road projects.

But INDOT spokeswoman Cher Goodwin tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the I-69 work that’s part of Major Moves won’t be delayed. She says I-69 is one of the projects INDOT is including in its proposed budget to the Legislature for the next two-year budget cycle.