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.
Officials from INDOT broke ground on the section of Interstate 69 that will connect NSA-Crane with Monroe County just south of Bloomington.
INDOT is holding a meeting Monday evening to present its plans for the next section of I-69 to the public.
The MPO has voted to include I-69 in its Transportation Improvement Plan.