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Rethink Coalition Pushes for an Improved Highway System

Rethink Coalition Pushes for an Improved Highway System

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Rethink Coalition Inc. and the local Midwest state and city have brought out the findings of a study that looks at two options for rebuilding I-65 and I-70 through the local Downtown area. There is an Inner Loop Visionary Study. This does provide a preliminary analysis of the cost and benefits of the huge infrastructure project. This important study has looked at two potential options. One is for rebuilding the highways as is at a cost of $2.3 billion. Also, it does improve the system at $2.8 billion. In fact, the latter is preferable by the organization.

Community Conversation is Key

“Moreover, this is not a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It is a once-in-two generations,” said Charlie Richardson. He is the Rethink Coalition co-chair and retired partner at Faegre Drinker. “This is 50 years and beyond. In fact, we all will participate in this community conversation. This is our moment now.”

45 years ago, the final segment of the downtown Indianapolis interstate system was completed. The inner loop, says the organization, is approaching the end of its functional life.

The group commissioned Arup Inc., a Canadian-based engineering and transportation planning firm, to analyze the project. The organization says its project will take a wider, long-term look at the three legs that make up the inner loops. That is I-65 on the north edge, I-65 and I-70 to the east, and I-70 on the south.

Rethink: Post-COVID 19 Future

“Now, we are at a critical juncture for the post-COVID future of downtown Indianapolis. This infrastructure has to be part of our blueprint for continuing growth and vitality for Indiana’s capital city. Plus the biggest urban economy,” said Indy Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huber. “We need to weigh out the total costs, transportation, and safety demands. Also, then prioritize inclusive economic development. As well as the connectivity, and quality of life therefore permanently lock ourselves into the status quo.”

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