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 grand opening celebrations along the route are closed to the public.
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.
Indiana residents gathered Saturday on I-69 to celebrate the opening of the road with special events such as antique car shows and face painting booths.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will pay $57.5 million for construction of a four-mile stretch of I-69 southwest of Bloomington.
The exits will be 200 numbers higher than they have been.
The bridge, although it’s likely still many years from completion, is a joint project between the two states.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has been fast-tracking construction, but when he leaves office in January, the road will be less than half-finished.
Opponents of Interstate 69 say the construction of a bridge over a tributary of Clear Creek could damage the surrounding environment.