Group hopes to revive Indiana Commerce Connector

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies hopes to revive a proposal for a highway that would connect the region’s major interstates and communities.

Then-Gov. Mitch Daniels proposed the Indiana Commerce Connector in 2006. He dropped that plan the following year because the project was unpopular in the counties where the highway would have been built.

But logistics group Conexus Indiana and a newly formed central Indiana logistics council say the commerce connector could improve shipping service in the region by giving trucks another route to get between Indiana’s multiple interstates.

Conexus Indiana vice president David Holt tells the Daily Journal the highway would also relieve traffic congestion and pollution by allowing trucks to avoid areas where traffic bottlenecks at interchanges with Interstate 465.

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