Two movements detoured to complete ramps south of S.R. 144
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (Sept. 14, 2022) – Another I-69 interchange is expected to partially open Thursday night, removing a stoplight for through traffic on State Road 37.
Crews expect to shift S.R. 144 traffic onto new pavement and the bridge over the future I-69. Two new ramps will open to provide access:
- Southbound S.R. 37 exit ramp to S.R. 144
- S.R. 144 on-ramp to northbound S.R. 37
Drivers should stay alert as other vehicles adjust to the new traffic pattern.
The traffic shift will allow earth-moving crews to place and compact dirt where traffic is currently using S.R. 144. Two movements will be detoured until the ramps south of the S.R. 144 bridge are completed late this year:
- Northbound S.R. 37 access to S.R. 144
- S.R. 144 access to southbound S.R. 37
The detour for heavy highway traffic follows northbound S.R. 37 to County Line Road, where drivers can loop through the interchange and reenter southbound S.R. 37. U-turns are prohibited where the left-turn lane is closed at the Smith Valley Road traffic signal.
The Bluffdale Drive and Old S.R. 37 service roads are connected west of S.R. 37, serving as another alternate route. Drivers can access these roads from the County Line Road interchange or the S.R. 37 signal at Fairview Road.
At the south end, both the Old S.R. 37/Waverly Park Road and realigned Huggin Hollow Road intersections are expected to open north of S.R. 144. Drivers turning left (east) onto S.R. 144 are encouraged to use the temporary signal at Old S.R. 37/Waverly Park Road.
The temporary signal at Banta Road remains open to local traffic south of S.R. 37 until the remaining S.R. 144 ramps open late this year.
About I-69 Finish Line
I-69 Finish Line is the sixth and final section of the Interstate 69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. The project will upgrade the existing S.R. 37 to interstate standards between Martinsville and Indianapolis.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Connections program fully funded the project and accelerated construction by three years. I-69 Finish Line is expected to open to traffic in late 2024, improving safety and reducing travel time.