MARTINSVILLE, Ind. – After numerous delays, the section of I 69 between Martinsville and Bloomington is on the verge of opening.
The Indiana Department of Transportation’s Andy Dietrick says August 31st is the projected date for the 21-mile stretch of highway to be finished, but the opening could be delayed depending on the weather in the final weeks of August.
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While IU students returning to campus for the fall semester must still deal with road work, construction should be finished in time for the traffic generated by three Indiana home football games in September.
An exception is the State Road 46 interchange which will not be ready until mid to late-October, according to Dietrick.
At various times during the project, the City of Bloomington has been critical of INDOT’s management of the work which began in 2015 and was supposed to be finished last year.
But in August of 2017, the state took over the project after determining that contractors doing the work were well behind schedule.
I-69 is already open from Bloomington to Evansville.
After the segment between Martinsville and Bloomington is done, work will begin on the final stretch between Martinsville and Indianapolis.
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