November 23, 2015

No Firm Date Set On I-69 Section 4 Opening, INDOT Says

Section four of I-69 is still on schedule to be completed by the end of the year.  - Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Transportation

Section four of I-69 is still on schedule to be completed by the end of the year.

Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Transportation

BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they’re not sure of the exact date section four of I-69 will open, but construction is on track to allow the road to open by the end of this year.

INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield says crews are finishing up paving the travel lanes, meaning they’ll soon be putting up signs, lighting, guardrails, striping and working on the shoulders.

Wingfield says the department is talking with contractors to try and firm up dates.

“We’re working with the contractors right now, who are working to get as much work accomplished as possible before the winter sets in,” Wingfield says. “Even though the road will open to traffic at the end of this year, much like the sections before it, the construction will continue with occasional lane closures while they complete work on the medians and the shoulders.”

Section five of the interstate, which runs between Bloomington and Martinsville, is on an “aggressive schedule,” Wingfield says. Construction on portions of State Road 37 are underway, and the section is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

There are still no finalized construction dates for section six. Wingfield says an environmental study is slated to wrap up by the end of 2018.

Watch: Drone footage of the new section of I-69

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