The state says the 21-mile stretch of interstate won't be complete until August 2018.
The project covers a 14-mile section of I-65 between U.S. 50 in Seymour and Indiana 58 near Columbus.
An infrastructure bill lawmakers approved this session funnels hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s roads and bridges.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is surveying wetlands, streams and other environmental features to further refine the I-69 expansion plan.
The first hearing is tonight at Perry Meridian High School on Indianapolis' south side.
The letter says the Indiana Finance Authority, Isolux Corsan, and I-69 Development Partners are negotiating to come up with a "Memorandum of Understanding."
A truck hauling a large load collided with the Rockville bridge, damaging four of the concrete beams.
Low-income or minority community members who might be impacted by the extension will receive surveys from INDOT.
Environmentalists have fought the 47-mile tollway plan, arguing it would threaten the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie south of Chicago.
Indiana officials are asking motorists to be more watchful for deer on the state's roadways as fall weather and mating season approach.