ABOUT THE PROJECT

About

  • I-69 Finish Line is the sixth and final section of the Interstate 69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. It begins in Martinsville and ends in Indianapolis.
  • The project will upgrade the existing State Road 37 to interstate standards from Martinsville to Indianapolis.
  • The project will eliminate at-grade crossings, construct overpasses and underpasses, build local access road connections and introduce interstate access points throughout the corridor.
  • The I-69 extension is the realization of 75 years of studies and discussion about an improved, multi-lane highway connecting southwest Indiana.
  • When work is complete, I-69 will run continuously from the Canadian border at Port Sarnia, MI to Evansville, IN, with Indiana an important piece of the planned national corridor.

Economic impacts

  • Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Connections program fully funded the $1.5 billion project and accelerated construction by three years.
  • The project is expected to generate $4.1 billion in positive regional economic impact over 20 years.

Traffic

  • I-69 Finish Line is expected to open to traffic in late 2024, improving safety and reducing travel time.
  • Highways will be widened to keep traffic flowing into the future. At least one lane will be added in each direction for I-69 from Smith Valley Road to I-465 and on the southwest leg of I-465 between I-70 and I-65.
  • The average time it takes to travel from Martinsville to Indianapolis is expected to be reduced by 11 minutes when I-69 is complete.
  • The improvements are expected to result in 1,300 fewer regional crashes each year.
  • Traffic will access the new highway using entrance and exit ramps at 10 interchanges.
  • New local roads will help provide access to neighboring homes and businesses.
  • The project will improve bicycle and pedestrian connections across the highway.

Construction

  • Construction began in Martinsville in 2019 and will be delivered in five separate construction contracts.
  • The last and largest contract includes improvements and added capacity to I-465 on the southwest side of Indianapolis from approximately I-70 to I-65.
  • Crews will work to maintain access for residents and businesses as new traffic patterns are put in place.

By the numbers

  • More than 26 miles of new interstate highway will be constructed as part of I-69 Finish Line.
  • More than 35 new lane miles of local access roads will be built.
  • I-69 Finish Line includes 39 new bridges and 35 existing bridges will be rehabilitated or replaced.
  • I-69 Finish Line will eliminate 14 traffic signals, leading to a faster and more efficient commute.
  • The project includes 14 new overpasses and underpasses.
  • Crews will lay more than 3 million square yards of new pavement. That would equate to pavement covering about 469 football fields.
  • Enough dirt and stone will be excavated and moved to fill Bankers Life Fieldhouse more than 20 times. That’s nearly 3 million pickup truck loads.
  • Noise barriers are proposed at several locations along I-465 and the new I-69.