NewsPublic Affairs / December 8, 2015

New Section Of Interstate 69 To Open In Southern Indiana

Section four of Interstate 69, between Crane and Bloomington, is expected to open to the public by the end of the business day on Wednesday. - Barbara Brosher

Section four of Interstate 69, between Crane and Bloomington, is expected to open to the public by the end of the business day on Wednesday.

Barbara Brosher

BLOOMINGTON -- Hoosiers will be able to drive on the newest section of Interstate 69 from Crane to Bloomington starting Wednesday.

Gov. Mike Pence will gather with local and regional leaders to cut the ribbon on section four of I-69 Wednesday morning. Afterward, he’ll lead a ceremonial caravan down the 27-mile stretch of road. It is expected to open to the public by the end of the business day. 

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson Will Wingfield says construction costs for the section currently total $471 million, and he says drivers should still anticipate seeing road crews putting the finishing touches on the section.

"Crews will be working on the medians and the outside shoulders to maintain grass and sediment erosion control," Wingfiled said. "Especially as the weather warms up in the spring, motorists should expect periodic lane closures as they wrap up work.”

I-69 section four was originally expected to open by the end of 2014, but inclement weather delayed the section’s opening by a year.

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