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“(The Highway) is inconsistent with and conflicts with our community’s vision, our Growth Policies Plan, and the quality of life expectations and priorities of our citizens.”

–The Bloomington City Council resolution in 2004 (Resolution 04-19)
opposing I-69’s routing through Bloomington

New Terrain I-69 means communities cut off. Only a few interchanges will provide interstate access to local roads in the path of new-terrain I-69. Some local roads will have an overpass or underpass, but many will be cut off completely to through traffic. In Greene and Monroe Counties alone, as many as 21 of the 32 local roads will be closed or relocated. Local road closures translate into longer trips for school buses, less direct access to fields for farmers, and slower response times for emergency responders.

Point Rows

The right of way for new-terrain I-69 will consume over 4,300 acres of farmland, including 3,400 acres of prime and unique farmland. The route through Daviess County and Pike County, in particular, will destroy high quality farmland, cut off access to farm parcels, and interfere with agricultural drainage. The highway will bisect much of the farmland at an angle, creating odd shaped fields that are costlier and less efficient to farm. (See point rows pic). It will also impose additional travel burdens, family isolation, and safety risks for the area’s Old Order Amish, who use horse and buggy for their mode of transportation.

About 400 homes and 120 businesses will be displaced or affected by new-terrain I-69. These impacts include direct loss for right of way, reduced or eliminated access, and indirect effects such as increased noise and light pollution.

In more developed areas along the new-terrain route, the highway will interfere with business access and convert valuable commercial properties to road right of way, substantially reducing assessed property valuation. In Perry Township (Marion County) for example, local officials estimated the loss of assessed valuation at $61 million if the highway is built there. Dozens of successful small businesses will be displaced or isolated by the highway. Moreover, I-69 in Perry Township will lead to a three-fold increase in traffic along the SR 37/I-69 corridor, worsening traffic congestion rather than alleviating it. See “The Case for Proposal 647, 2004” (Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations, HEC, and Southwest Perry Civic Association) offered in support of the Indianapolis Marion County City County Council resolution – adopted by a vote of 27-2—opposing I-69 through Perry Township.

The Martinsville Town Council rescinded its 2001 resolution in support of I-69 after additional review found that I-69 would have a negative impact on businesses along the I-69 corridor.