Business group seeks to revive Indy bypass plan

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A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies wants to revive a plan for a major highway that would go through Johnson County that was first proposed eight years ago.

The Indiana Commerce Connector was unpopular in the counties where the highway would be built, including Johnson County, when proposed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2006. The next year, the governor decided to drop the plan. Now a statewide business group made up of manufacturing, warehousing and logistics companies wants to try to bring back the project because it would cut transportation times for their products and reduce traffic congestion around Indianapolis.

As for now, the plan to revive the Indiana Commerce Connector project is just talk. The state has no plans to fund or build another loop outside Interstate 465 at this time, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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