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‘Trumpet’ Or ‘Diamond’? INDOT Wants Your Opinion

Two options for the interchange between I-69 and SR 37 are now available for the public to view and comment on.

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    Photo: Courtesy: INDOT

    The 'trumpet' interchange will allow traffic to move through with the most speed.

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    Photo: Courtesy: INDOT

    The 'diamond' is the least expensive, and takes up the least amount of land.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has released the reevaluation documents for section four of I-69. The reevaluation documents are in regards to the portion of the highway that will run through southwestern Monroe County.

The biggest change in the reevaluation document is to the originally planned intersection of I-69 and SR 37, just south of Bloomington. While a traffic light had once been proposed, two new options are on the table: a ‘trumpet’ styled interchange, and a ‘diamond’.

The ‘trumpet’ interchange would allow traffic to move through the interchange the fastest. It is also the most expensive, and takes up more land than the ‘diamond’.

The ‘diamond’ interchange would force traffic to move slower, as a roundabout would be part of its design. The ‘diamond’, INDOT says, is about $1.5 million cheaper than the ‘trumpet’.

INDOT will take public comment on the two designs at the Section Four Project Office, located on Industrial Blvd. in Bloomington.

Additional changes to the original plan for section four include the areas near Carter Road, Burch Road, Harmony Road and Tramway Road.

A link to the reevaluation document can be found here.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • Donna L Brinton

    Please move forward.  Those who choose to occupy the hunitng grounds of the Indiana from whom the federal government sold land patents should quit describing a world that no longer exists.  Isolating ourselves from one another only ends in “tribal” and “territorial” squabbloes.

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