EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Interstate 69 extension between Evansville and Bloomington is on budget and should open years ahead of schedule in 2014, Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday. But critics said it’s being built below normal standards and will need repairs ahead of schedule.

Daniels said the Federal Highway Administration recently approved environmental studies for the third of the highway’s six sections, giving the state the go-ahead to build the southernmost 68 miles of the 142-mile freeway that will connect Evansville and Indianapolis. He said that stretch would be built by the end of 2012, three years ahead of schedule.

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