November 17, 2012 – The nation’s longest new highway in the works — a nearly $3 billion interstate to link rural southwestern Indiana with the state’s capital — is now half-built and ready for traffic, but lingering questions of when the project’s remaining miles will open and how they’ll be paid for could cloud its future. After four years of work, the first 67 miles of the Interstate 69 extension’s planned 142 miles will open to cars and trucks Monday following a ribbon-cutting and a caravan Gov. Mitch Daniels will lead north along the newly paved stretch, which cost about $900 million. Despite the questions about how many years it will be before the full Evansville-to-Indianapolis route opens, the highway’s supporters in isolated southwest Indiana are excited and hopeful that even the 67 miles of four-lane, 70 mph traffic will invigorate the region’s economy.
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