INDOT hopes to finish final phase of I-69 by end of 2024

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MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – INDOT says it hopes to be crossing the finish line and finishing I-69 by the end of 2024.
They say there are a lot of things that go into making sure that will happen and they expressed that in Martinsville.
It’s the hardest part of the project that’s been in the works for more than five decades.

So, the Indiana Department of Transportation offered some time to explain what’s going on.

And people came for many different reasons.

“I need to be aware of how to get to my place of work. And to tell my customers how to get to me.”

The most daunting part for some people…

“The shut down at 37. Oh my gosh. That’s the big thing.”

INDOT says it will shut down State Route 37, which drivers use to get to Indianapolis and convert it into I-69.

But some see it as a positive.

“And I tried to explain to them that it’s really going to be a good thing because granted it’s going to cross a lot of congestion within town and such but rather than the interstate taking 2 1/2 years and all the delays we’ve been seeing so far.”

Sarah Rubin with INDOT says shutting down the road is better in the long run.

“By being able to do the closer in 2021 actually saves us an estimated one construction season.”
People traveling from Martinsville to Indianapolis are expected to save 11 minutes of drive time.
And although Rubin can’t speak to the specifics of how it will affect those down south…

“I could say in general though if you were to drive from here south alone, with sections six or I-69 finish line not yet complete, sections one through five alone. You have 30 minutes of travel time savings at least.”

And some locals are embracing the change.

“I am kind of excited as far as that. I think it’s going to bring in a lot of traffic.

A lot of people from out of the area that normally wouldn’t stop.”

More information can be found here.

Original Story

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Discussion continues on the final phase of the I-69 corridor connecting Evansville to Indianapolis.

The Indiana Department of Transportation invited people from Martinsville to hear about the expected construction schedule.

INDOT also wanted them to learn about what roads will be closed during the more than four years of constructions the city will see.

Right now, work is being done on State Route 37.

In 2021, construction will completely shut down S.R. 37 effecting those who might normally travel on that route.

“Because you’re in Martinsville will be in calendar year 2021 so we’re anticipating the fall construction season that year but since that contract is just on the cusp of being mad at greater details on that once that contractor gets underway.”

INDOT officials say they expect I-69 to be finished with flowing traffic by the end of 2024.

More information can be found here.

We will have more information later tonight on this project.

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(This story was originally published on October 21, 2019)

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