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City of Bloomington, Indiana

More Delays to I-69 Section 5 Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2017

For more information, please contact:
Mary Catherine Carmichael, Communications Director, 812-349-3406, carmichm@bloomington.in.gov

More Delays to I-69 Section 5 Announced

Bloomington, Ind. - City employees were invited to attend a non-public meeting today at local I-69 Section 5 offices that included representatives from Isolux Development Partners, the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Finance Authority, Monroe County and the City of Bloomington. At that meeting Isolux stated that substantial completion of Section 5 of I-69 would not be possible before August of 2018. Negotiations between Isolux and its subcontractors were described as ongoing and needing to be finalized before a firm date of completion could then be formally negotiated with INDOT/IFA.

Mayor John Hamilton reacted to the announcement, "I continue to be exceedingly frustrated with the opaque nature of this process. A major delay being disclosed in a small meeting is not how government should operate. Just yesterday two more people were injured in a construction zone crash. None of the partners in this project will take responsibility for the ongoing problem that this project has become for the thousands of people who rely on this transportation corridor every day. Hoosier residents and travelers are dealing with avoidable delays, inconvenience and safety risks. I will be requesting a meeting with Governor Holcomb to express my concern and ask for transparent collaboration and a real plan for completion."

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