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|Philip L. Fowler|
Saturday, February 25, 2012: 4:03 pm
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|I completely agree. Moreover, I-69 extension is a dangerous and needless waste of taxpayer dollars.|
Sunday, February 26, 2012: 8:26 am
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|Projects such as I-69 are never without some change to the landscape and its immediate environment. Weighing the pros and cons is what the environmental review phase of the project is about.|
Many of the detractors of I-69 came out of the gate in opposition long before the environmental study was done, and they apparently were opposed to any project that would change the environmental balance in any amount.
Not long after the 2008 flood, I heard a FEMA official say that one (not THE) resason that we had so much flooding was that the drainage infrastructure could not handle the volume of water that came in such a short period of time. He cited "development", that included shopping centers, housing developments, and large warehouse developments. When asked about highways, he said yes, but to a much lesser degree because of the measures attending to drainage in those situations. His main point was the acreage of concrete replacing sodded earth.
Here in Morgan County, where we had little of any of that, we still had massive flooding that appeared to be more directly related to inadequate local planning for and maintenance of drainage systems. Coupled with perhaps a 500 year rain event and, among other reasons, its effect on private lakes and ponds, we experienced a disaster.
I am less concerned about I-69 and its environmental impact than I am about the business development that will come with it's comnpletion. It is a certainty that commerce will flock to the corridor, bringing badly needed jobs and economic development to our county. The big question is, are our local planners up to the task to make sure the infrastructure is up to the task, including the measures to handle water that will need to be safely moved.
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