Indiana may enlist a private company to design and build the stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
The state Department of Transportation on Tuesday asked companies to tell the state how they could plan and build that segment of the highway.
The state is seeking ways to pay for the final segments of the 142-mile project designed to link Indianapolis and Evansville. The first three sections from Evansville to Crane are open, and a fourth segment to Bloomington is under construction.
But money from the state's lease of the Indiana Toll Road that was used to jumpstart construction of the I-69 extension is either spent or allocated to specific projects, and the state must find a way to pay for the final two sections of the highway.
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