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INDOT Says It Will Complete I-69 Phase To Indy by 2024

I-69 Construction

Construction on I-69 in Martinsville. (Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

INDOT Officials outlined the final phase of the I-69 expansion plan Monday night - in the first of three meetings around Central Indiana.

The last 26 miles of the Interstate 69 project from Martinsville to Indianapolis is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

That means I-69 will be a continuous interstate between Indianapolis and Evansville.

But residents of Martinsville will be affected in 2021, when five miles of State Road 37 is shut down.

READ MORE: INDOT Proposal Calls For Closing Portion Of SR 37 In Martinsville During I-69 Construction

INDOT Major Projects Deputy Director Sarah Rubin says drivers heading north would have to divert onto State Road 39, then State Road 67 and State Road 44 before getting back on 37.

“By being able to do the closure in 2021, it actually saves us an estimated one construction season, by being able to all that extra work, without managing the mainline traffic,” says Rubin.

The final leg of Interstate 69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis will cost nearly $1.6 billion.

The new interstate will feature a bridge in Martinsville over the interstate connecting the town to the commercial area along Grand Valley Boulevard.

"That will not only carry vehicular traffic, but pedestrians and bikes.  So Martinsville residents will be able to bike across and walk across the the overpass to get to the shopping and restaurants," says Rubin.

There are two more meetings scheduled this week Tuesday at Center Grove High School in Greenwood and Thursday at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m

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