The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded its newest I-69 contract to a Clarksville company. Gohmann Asphalt will begin work on the eight mile stretch from the Patoka River Bridge to Highway 61 in Pike County early next year. The stretch will cost about $70 million, and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 at the latest.
According to INDOT spokeswoman Cher Goodwin, the first full section of I-69 will be open to motorists then.
“It is our goal,” she says, “to have all of I-69 sections 1,2, and 3 from I-64 north of Evansville and stretching into Greene County at US 231/SR 58 in the Crane Naval area, that entire 67 miles, open to traffic at the end of 2012.”
INDOT hopes to have the rest of the contracts for sections 1-3 awarded by this spring. The highway is on schedule to reach the south side of Bloomington by 2014. This past August, the Monroe County Commissioners officially opposed the project, citing a lack of funding sources.