The 67 mile stretch of Interstate 69 that runs from Evansville to NSA Crane will officially open to traffic Monday evening.
Several grand opening ceremonies are planned along the route. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation all the events however, are closed to the public because of parking constraints.
Governor Mitch Daniels, Congressman Larry Buschon and Lt. Governor – elect Sue Ellspermann will be among those at a ribbon cutting in Evansville. From there Daniels will lead a parade to Washington, Indiana. Longtime I-69 advocate David Graham will participate in the opening ceremony there. The parade will continue from Washington to Crane where former high school basketball star Bobby Plump will help Daniels cut the celebratory ribbon. The road will officially open to traffic at 6 o’clock Monday evening.
The section of I-69 that will connect Crane to Bloomington is expected to be complete by 2014. INDOT says construction of the section of the road from Bloomington to Martinsville could begin as early as next year.