Indiana Department of Transportation Tuesday night unveiled initial plans for section five of Interstate 69 at a public hearing held at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The plans, which display several alternatives for interchanges along the route, were on display during an ‘open-house’ style meeting where representatives from INDOT were on hand to answer questions.
Andy Spriggs lives off Sample Road in northern Monroe County and came to the meeting to find out how the new interstate will affect his property.
“There are some new options that are out there,” he says. “These last two options that are proposed are new to me, and I want to get some more input on that to see what the impact would be on myself.”
Spriggs says his parents, whose property lies even closer to the corridor than his, had their property affected by State Road 37 when it was upgraded to a four-lane highway decades ago.
Several anti-I-69 advocates attended the meeting as well, speaking out against the highway during the public comment period.
INDOT plans to complete section five — which runs uses much of the existing state road 37 corridor from just south of Bloomington, to state road 39 on the southside of Martinsville — by the second quarter of 2013.