The Indiana Department of Transportation has released the latest Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Section 5 of I-69.
Section 5, which will run from just south of Bloomington to S.R 39 near Martinsville, will generally follow the current path of S.R. 37. However, according INDOT Spokesman Will Wingfield, it is unknown how much of the current road will be kept, as not all of it is not up to current interstate specifications.
“As we get into design, we’ll really start to nail down more of the details of what from the existing state road 37 can be leveraged as we look to upgrade the corridor to Interstate 69 standards,” he says.
The DEIS looks at potential impacts the road will have on the natural environment, examining rivers, streams, flood planes, and other ecological features.
“The DEIS shows that I-69 is both feasible and constructable while minimizing environmental impacts,” INDOT Deputy Commissioner Samuel Sarvis said in a statement. “Indiana is a national leader in innovative highway financing and construction, and INDOT is exploring all options to continue delivering this critical project at record speed.”
The plans are available for the public to view at local public libraries, at the I-69 project office in Bloomington as well as online.
Groups opposed to the interstate say the state does not have the finances available to complete Section 5.
INDOT is holding a public forum on December 6th, at the Monroe County Fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m.