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Communities Celebrating I-69 Opening

The portion of I-69 from Evansville to Crane is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

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Crews are hoping to finish the sections of I-69 that run from Evansville to Crane in the next two months.

Several southwestern Indiana communities are spending the day on the road…that road being I-69. Interstate Community Day events in Greene, Daviess, Pike and Gibson counties today include antique car shows, bicycle and motorcycle rides, and a child beauty pageant.

Beth Haseman is the Clerk Treasurer for the Town of Oden, and the organizer of the community’s I-69 events. She says a patriotic skydiver will help celebrate the opening of the newest portion of I-69.

“They will actually dive out of the plane, come down, present the American flag, and then land on I-69,” she says.”

The portion of I-69 from Evansville to Crane is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says many of the events will benefit local charities.

“The closest to Bloomington will be in Greene County near the US 231 and I-69 interchange. That will allow the communities to host events with a lot of family friendly activities,” he says.

Governor Daniels has declared today Interstate 69 Community Day. Washington Mayor Joe Wellman says his town has been waiting a long time for the interstate.

“Interstate 69 has been a big part of a lot of people’s joint effort in Daviess county and in Washington. As I tell people, the first hearing I went to on I-69 was 1984,” he says.

Opponents of the road however, say the celebration is a waste of state and community resources. Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads says it is planning a counter protest sometime in the near future.

Events include:

Greene County: near the U.S. 231 and new I-69 interchange. Event access will be via County Road 25 West and parking will be on the interstate. Activities will start at 9 a.m. and conclude shortly after 6 p.m.

Town of Odon: near the SR 58 and new I-69 interchange. Event access will be via shuttle service from the North Daviess Junior/Senior High School. Activities will start at 9 a.m. and conclude shortly after 5 p.m.

Daviess County: near the U.S. 50 and new I-69 interchange. Event access will be via County Road 100 North and parking will be on the interstate. Activities will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.

Pike County: near the SR 61 and new I-69 interchange. Event access will be via shuttle service from three lots off Illinois Street near SR 61. Activities will start at 9 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m.

Gibson County: near the SR 64 and new I-69 interchange. Event access will be via the southbound on-ramp at SR 64 and parking will be on the interstate. Activities will start at 11 a.m. CST and conclude after sunset.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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