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From Indiana Department of Transportation
Milestone Contractors will begin patching and paving operations on a 13.5-mile section Ind. 67 in Morgan County on or after Wednesday, June 5, weather permitting.

Crews will begin with patching and then move to milling and paving from south of Mooresville to south of the Ind. 67/Ind. 39 intersection, where the road transitions from a divided highway to two lanes.

Temporary lane and 50 mph speed restrictions will be in effect along the route. Work will take place during day and night time hours, with milling being completed during the day and paving at night.
The project is expected to be complete by October 31, 2019.

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Mike Grant, Washington Times Herald
You wouldn't necessarily call it “pork” but there is a giant pot of money included in the newly signed state budget that should provide a benefit for southwestern Indiana. That budget included more than $600 million directed at completing a pair of major infrastructure projects. The money is due to be directed toward finishing the upgrade of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend and to getting the final stretches of I-69 built to Indianapolis.

“That money will help move forward the completion date on the project from 2025 to sometime probably late in 2022,” said Senator Eric Bassler,R-Washington, who was on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “They are starting the prep work to do the construction now through Martinsville. Getting this money and getting the road finished early will be nice.”

Currently, the interstate is finished from just south of Martinsville to Evansville. The plans to run the project up to the southside of Indianapolis are done. Now it is a matter of getting the construction finished.

“Once it is done we will have an interstate that runs directly from Evansville, not just to Indianapolis, but all the way to Canada,” said Bassler.

In southern Indiana, word that the state will once again push down on the accelerator to finish the project was welcome news.

“That is great,” said Washington Mayor Joe Wellman. “Anything that facilitates getting 69 finished is good for southwestern Indiana.”
 “This is a good thing,” added Jeff Quyle, CEO for the southern Indiana development group  Radius Indiana . “I will be happy to see it. Having the full completion of I-69 enhances the opportunity for development all along the corridor and it will be good for communities like Washington.”

The money for the projects came from the latest lease of the  Indiana Toll Road .
“The governor managed to renegotiate that deal and get another billion dollars,” said Bassler. “Some of that went to building more rural broadband in the state and some other projects but the big part is going to the U.S. 31 and I-69 projects.”

“Almost this entire project has been paid for with innovative funding,” added Wellman. “This is the future for funding big projects. The old funding system of building up money through a gas tax just won't work. With the high mileage vehicles and electric cars out there the gas tax just will not generate the money for these big projects.”

Getting the road done to Indianapolis is only part of the goal of the highway. There is also the work to get it connected all the way south to Mexico.

“Getting the road finished to Indianapolis is just the first milestone,” said Wellman. “Getting the bridge built is the next step. That will get us connected across the river and into the parkways in Kentucky that they have been updating to interstate standards.”

The projected price of the bridge is another billion dollars. If standard funding and the use of the gas tax won't build a big highway then it is likely the bridge will also need another way to get it paid for.


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Morgan County Labor Market Update- April 2019
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*Not seasonally adjusted

April 2019 Unemployment Rate IN: 3.1%, US: 3.3%
Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Labor Force does not include retired persons, students, those taking care of children or other family members, and others who are neither working nor seeking work.  

Check  Visit Morgan County 's handy calendar to find all sorts of fun events coming up throughout the county. Take a look at what's going on  this month , or search by date, event category, keyword or location.

June 8th, 10AM - 4PM

June 12th, 6-8PM

June 14th, 7-11PM
B rickhouse on Main
Martinsville, IN

June 21st, 8-11PM
Jimmy Nash City Park, Martinsville
(Space Jam)

June 22, 7-9PM
Bicentennial Park

June 7th, 8:30-9:30 AM
Richmond, IN

June 11th, 12-1 PM
Kokomo, IN

June 17th, 5:30-8 PM
Gary, IN

June 20th, 8-10 AM
Muncie, IN

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