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Bloomington Company To Build ‘Trumpet’ I-69 Interchange

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

Bloomington based Crider & Crider Inc. will build the interchange that will connect Interstate 69 to S.R. 37 just south of Bloomington.

After looking at several options, the Indiana Department of Transportation decided on a ‘trumpet’ style of interchange for the road.

According to a release from INDOT, the trumpet will allow traffic to move through the interchange at a higher speed than some of the other designs that were previously on the table.

The interchange saw a bit of controversy last year when some members of the Bloomington, Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization accused INDOT and federal highway officials of wanting to put a stoplight there, instead of interstate style on/off ramps. INDOT says the stoplight plan has been off the table for some time.

The intersection will cost around $29 million to build, which according to INDOT, is about 10-percent less than an engineer’s original estimate. The stretch of I-69 from NSA Crane to Bloomington is expected to be open by 2014. INDOT says the next section of the road, which will connect Bloomington to Martinsville, could begin construction by 2013.

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