Terre Haute city officials and business owners do not think they will lose business from travelers using I-69 instead of US 41.
Interstate 69 opened Monday after decades of planning and building. Celebrations were held along the road to mark its opening.
Governor Mitch Daniels led a crowd of people along I-69 on Monday to celebrate the opening of the interstate.
Small towns such as Washington, Ind., are hoping I-69 will boost their economies, but economists say the future is hard to predict.
Interstate 69 from Evansville to Crane opens today. The WFIU/WTIU news team brings you full coverage.
The first three sections of I-69 were originally scheduled to open at some time during 2015 or 2016.
Around 300 acres of forests and wetlands were destroyed during I-69 construction but INDOT says it will replenish land on a 3:1 ratio.
The grand opening celebrations along the route are closed to the public.
The Washington City Council voted in favor of annexing 1,200 acres into the city.
The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to open the first three sections of Interstate 69 on Nov. 19, as long as construction remains on schedule.