February 15, 2024

First envisioned in the 1970’s, end in sight for I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis

Construction of I-69 in Monroe County. - FILE PHOTO: WFIU

Construction of I-69 in Monroe County.

FILE PHOTO: WFIU

The completion of a key interstate puzzle piece is in sight as the last section of I-69 in Marion and Johnson counties finishes construction.

First envisioned in the 70’s, I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is on track according to a construction guide released by the Indiana Department of Transportation, INDOT, this week.

The guide outlines final projects that will impact drivers this year.

INDOT Strategic Communications Director Natalie Garrett says there will be an official designation for the roadway that was formerly State Road 37.

“Between State Road 144 up to 465 will be shielded as I 69 later this year,” Garrett said.
Last year INDOT crews were able to remove the remaining traffic signals as work progressed north of Martinsville providing free-flowing traffic from Evansville to Indianapolis.

“There were 14 traffic signals removed along that stretch of state road 37/I-69, a smoother commute more direct for motorists,” Garrett said.

This year’s work will focus on the 465/69 interchange, Southport and Harding Street interchanges and 465 westbound lanes on the south side.

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org.

 

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