Is it time for a direct action against this? Getting in the way of the construction? I will come south and stand with you guys.
joan in Northwest Indiana
on behalf of Greg Buck
Sent: Tue 11/3/2009 7:01 PM
Subject: [ipjn] Fw: CARR Marks 20th year of fighting I-69
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From: Thomas & Sandra Tokarski <carr@...
Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM
Subject: CARR Marks 20th year of fighting I-69
To: CARR Email List <carr@...
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Following is an article from today's Herald Times about CARR's Annual Meeting.
There is one major omission in this article--ALL OF YOU. We have not been fighting this alone. We thank all of YOU. YOUR persistence, attendance at meetings, letters to the editors, comments on studies, and monetary support is what has kept I-69 at bay for 19 years.
We are all too busy, we all get tired and we get frustrated, but we keep on because it is the right thing to do and because I-69 is such a very, very bad idea. The times we are living in make it clear that I-69 is a project whose time should never come.
Your support and hard work is what keeps us going. We cannot do it without you. Please help us to keep up the good fight and have hope that we can prevail. Because we must.
Thomas & Sandra
CARR marks 20th year of fighting I-69 plan
By Michael Malik 331-4370 | mmalik@...
November 2, 2009
For nearly 20 years, members of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads have fought a constant push from state highway officials to build Interstate 69 along its planned route.
And now, even though construction crews having already begun a section of I-69 in near Evansville, CARR members say they feel they have the advantage.
"We think we're on a roll now, because the cost of the project is just getting out of hand," said Thomas Tokarski, president of CARR. "We're not giving up."
Last week, about 25 people gathered at the Monroe County Public Library for a celebration to help CARR kick off its 20th year of opposing the I-69 project. The organization has at least 800 members statewide.
Other organizations, particularly those with business ties, have supported construction of I-69 through southwestern Indiana, based on benefits they believe it will bring to the economy both locally and statewide.
Tokarski's confidence over the cost projections is based on these numbers: The original cost of building the extension, which is supposed to run 142 miles between Evansville and Indianapolis, was set at $1.3 billion. Cost estimates have since gone up to $3.1 billion.
So far, $700 million in funding has been secured for a 68-mile section of the road between Evansville and the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, said Cher Goodwin, Indiana Department of Transportation media relations director for the I-69 corridor. Tokarski said the group plans to lobby state and federal lawmakers to convince them not to fund the project.
"And telling the rest of the state if they're going to put this kind of money into I-69, there are a lot of projects around the state that are not going to get built or seriously delayed," Tokarski said.
More than a week ago, Gov. Mitch Daniels said the section from Evansville to Crane would be finished by 2012, which is three years ahead of schedule.
State highway officials believe they can stick to the $700 million originally allotted for the section from Evansville to Crane because of plans to narrow medians, eliminate some interchanges and reduce pavement thickness.
Tokarski said state highway officials sold the project based on a specific set of criteria, which they are not meeting by changing the project.
"If they can't do it right, then they shouldn't do it at all," Tokarski said.
The time line and funding for building the section of I-69 from Crane to Indianapolis is unknown at this point, Goodwin said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thomas & Sandra Tokarski
Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads, Inc.
PO Box 54
Stanford, IN 47463