By Tim Maloney
It was an inspiring time last week as our work on I-69 led to significant victories. On Friday morning, by a unanimous vote, the Monroe County Commissioners defied behind the scenes pressure from INDOT and adopted a strongly worded resolution opposing I-69’s construction in Monroe County.
This vote came the morning after several hundred people packed the Eastern Greene Middle School for INDOT’s public hearing on the draft Section 4 environmental impact statement for I-69.
Supported by a clear majority in the crowd opposed to the highway, dozens of Monroe and Greene County residents took to the microphone to criticize I-69, expressing concerns about the loss of their property, noise, air pollution, and damage to the area’s sensitive karst ecosystem.
These statements of public sentiment against the highway are empowered by the multi-faceted I-69 campaign of HEC and our partner Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads.
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