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I-69 Section 5 Will Not Be Done Aug. 31, Project Delayed Several Weeks

Signage for I-69 waits to be put up at the West Third St. overpass (Becca Costello, WFIU/WTIU news)

The I-69 Section 5 “substantial completion” date of Aug. 31 has been postponed.

A meeting between the Indiana Department of Transportation and Bloomington officials Friday revealed a delay of “several weeks” along with other construction updates.

Second and Third Street bridge traffic disruptions will continue until mid-October as workers finish concrete medians and install traffic signals.

And another project could affect IU football game traffic.

State officials are moving up a ramp repair project at State Road 46 and 37 that was scheduled for next year. Ramp construction could limit traffic to a single lane for eight weeks starting in mid-September.

INDOT says it will coordinate with IU Athletics during home football weekends to help reduce traffic back-ups.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton says it’s disappointing but not much of a surprise.

“The road won’t be up to speed, we don’t know when it will be up to speed,” Hamilton says. “There’s going to be a lot of lane work still to be done, a lot of painting and guardrail and other things that have to be done.”

The city’s meeting report also indicates drainage, lighting, fencing, landscaping and shoulder improvements of I-69 Section 5 will continue through the end of the year.

A private developer was supposed to finish the section of I-69 that runs from Bloomington to Martinsville nearly two years ago. After a pay dispute and multiple delays, the state decided to take the project over last summer.

Ongoing construction in Bloomington

Alternate routes traveling south to Bloomington

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