The Bloomington, Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization technical advisory committee held a meeting Wednesday with Indiana Department of Transportation officials.
INDOT Program Manager Sandra Flum attended the MPO meeting to give an update on construction of Sections 1 through 4 of I-69. She says Section 4 is on schedule, and the remaining contracts will go out for bid in July.
MPO Technical Advisory Committee Chair Adrian Reid says one of the benefits of I-69 is it would be safer for motorists.
“It’s certainly more than just a local project. It serves a pretty large region, and as an engineer that I can tell you that a limited access highway has all sorts of safety benefits over this sort of highway that 37 is now,” he says.
One challenge Flum says is choosing a design that best transfers traffic from I-69 to state road 37. INDOT is looking at its options and officials say they are still hopeful the full MPO will accept its recommendation and include Interstate 69 in its long-range transportation improvement plan.
The two groups are scheduled to meet February 10, but some members of the MPO say that meeting should be delayed until they get more information from the community and get answers to some of the questions they have been asking INDOT.