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I-69 financing still undetermined

State officials say they're still trying to figure out how to pay for finishing the Interstate 69 extension between Evansville and Indianapolis. 

Officials also said during an I-69 Regional Summit meeting in Bloomington that money hasn't been lined up for a bridge to take the highway across the Ohio River. That span is expected to connect Evansville and Henderson, east of the existing Twin Bridges.

The I-69 route from Evansville to near the Crane Naval Center opened in 2012, and officials expect the route to open all the way to Bloomington by the end of next year.

Indiana highway commissioner Karl Browning tells the Herald-Times that the agency is still not sure how to finance the extension's final section between Martinsville and Indianapolis.

State officials signed a deal in April with a private company that will finance and build the section between Bloomington and Martinsville, with the state making payments over 35 years.