Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation say an adjusted route for the final stretch of I-69 is better for nearby residents.
I-69 Section 6 will run along existing State Road 37 from Martinsville to Indianapolis.
INDOT Public Involvement Specialist Lamar Holliday and other officials unveiled the adjusted route at a public meeting Tuesday night. Holliday says officials the changes better accommodate residents along the route.
“When we started this process, when we named state road 37 as the corridor, we were looking at over 600 relocations,” Holliday says. “Now with these refinements we’re down to 271.”
More than two hundred people attended the meeting to hear what the representatives had to say and to express concerns about the latest changes to the project.
Long-time Martinsville resident Roy Frost says he while he has some complaints, he thinks the planners have done their best.
“This is probably the best thing that they could come up with for our area,” he says.
Complete funding for the final leg hasn’t been secured yet. A public-private partnership for Section 5 fell through this year; the state took back control of construction after numerous issues with the private developer.
Holliday says there’s enough funding to get started on Section 6 and officials will seek out more money as the work unfolds.
“From State Road 39 to about one mile north of State Road 44 we will have funding for some of the pre-development work through Martinsville,” he says.
The Section 6 project team will host events Wednesday in Indianapolis and Thursday in Greenwood.