Pence pledges to finish I-69

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Gov. Mike Pence says that the completion of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is his top priority when it comes to road building.

Pence spoke to an audience Wednesday morning that included contractors and others eager to take part in the project. 

The state is currently seeking private partners to help upgrade the 21-mile stretch of State Road 37 between Bloomington and Martinsville so that it meets interstate standards.

The first 67 miles of I-69 from Evansville to Crane opened last year. 

"I think I-69, completing I-69 to Indianapolis is enormously important to our economy and not just the economy of southwestern Indiana, but all of the economy of the Hoosier state,” Pence said. “We're (going to) continue to work for ways to get that done."

The governor says there are no plans to place tolls on any portion of I-69.

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