NEWS & EVENTS

On Track Update: August 3, 2020

Beam me up! Crews are erecting new bridges near Egbert Road, Henderson Ford Road, Perry Road and Waverly Road to provide local connections when I-69 opens in northeast Morgan County. Much of the work so far has been building up the bridges high enough to pass over the highway. Crews start by driving steel piling deep into bedrock to provide a solid footing.

On Track Update: July 27, 2020

If a picture is worth a thousand words, you have a new opportunity to learn a lot about I-69 Finish Line. The I-69 Finish Line website includes a new and improved photo and video page. It makes it easy to find photos, track progress and watch this important project move toward the finish line.

On Track Update: July 20, 2020

With I-69 Finish Line crews focusing their attention on Martinsville this year, city officials are looking ahead to what the completed project will mean to the area. “I think it’s going to bring a lot of opportunities to Martinsville,” said Mayor Kenny Costin. I-69 Finish Line will upgrade the existing State Road 37 to interstate standards from Martinsville to Indianapolis.

On Track Update: July 13, 2020

Construction is an ongoing reality for the State Road 37 corridor to complete the I-69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. Ensuring safe navigation during construction is a top priority for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

On Track Update: July 6, 2020

Another long-term road closure is beginning in Martinsville to rebuild and realign Mahalasville Road in preparation for major I-69 interchange construction next year. Mahalasville Road south of State Road 37 is closing to through traffic today. The closure is expected to continue through fall.

On Track Update: June 29, 2020

If you’re driving in Indiana, you shouldn’t be holding a phone or any other mobile device. Putting the phone down will not only keep you and other drivers safer, but it’s the law starting this Wednesday. The new law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits drivers from holding mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, while driving.

On Track Update: June 22, 2020

I-69 Finish Line is an important final piece that will complete the new Interstate 69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. It begins in Martinsville, where crews have been out in force, and construction will continue to move north to Indianapolis. Work will be underway corridor-wide early next year. This construction overview map provides a summary of the five contracts the project has been divided into and a timeline.

On Track Update: June 15, 2020

IT’S OPEN! The first cars have driven across the new Grand Valley Boulevard overpass and the first pedestrians have tried out the new sidewalks. The new overpass opened this morning. It connects Martinsville High School and neighborhoods west of State Road 37 with businesses east of the highway.

On Track Update: June 8, 2020

Opening soon! The Grand Valley Boulevard overpass is expected to open to traffic in the next week or two. The overpass will provide a new east-west connection for both drivers and pedestrians. The Grand Valley overpass connects Martinsville High School and neighborhoods west of State Road 37 with restaurants, shops and other businesses east of the highway.

On Track Update: June 1, 2020

The I-69 Finish Line project will have a unique look in Martinsville, and it’s been a group effort. Area residents on the Martinsville Aesthetics Task Force, city officials and the public weighed in on monuments that will serve as gateways for the city of Martinsville at the State Road 39 and S.R. 44 interchanges.

Progress Guide: May 26, 2020

Our essential crews have been hard at work. Drivers will notice the significant progress made on I-69 Finish Line and several traffic changes. I-69 Finish Line construction has moved into Morgan County north of Martinsville. This Progress Guide includes an overview of work and key traffic information

On Track Update: May 26, 2020

Drivers will encounter a couple of significant traffic changes in Martinsville over the next week or two. Traffic will be shifting on southbound State Road 37 near State Road 39 to allow crews to construct a crossover in the area, laying the temporary pavement needed to allow traffic to cross the grassy median.

On Track Update: May 18, 2020

Drivers returning to the road have likely noticed that I-69 Finish Line construction has moved into Morgan County north of Martinsville. Much of the construction activity is at State Road 37 near Egbert Road, Perry Road and Waverly Road where new overpasses are being built and at Henderson Ford Road where a new interchange is being constructed.

On Track Update: May 11, 2020

As Indiana begins to reopen and more drivers return to the road, they will notice the significant progress made on I-69 Finish Line since the stay-at-home order was issued in March. Drivers should be prepared for changes to their commute.

On Track Update: May 4, 2020

Be prepared to see a lot of activity on State Road 39 this week, from S.R. 37 to S.R. 67.  Crews are making improvements to S.R. 39 in advance of next year’s temporary closure of S.R. 37. A five-mile section of S.R. 37 in Martinsville will close for most of 2021.

On Track Update: April 27, 2020

Drivers should expect flaggers and changing traffic patterns at the State Road 39 and Morton Avenue intersection this week. Traffic will be shifted to allow crews to remove the median island and repave the area. The work is expected to begin on or after Monday, April 27 and take three to four days to complete.

On Track Update: April 20, 2020

There will soon be a safe way for students and residents to cross State Road 37 near Martinsville High School. The Grand Valley Boulevard overpass is an improved east-west connection for both vehicles and pedestrians. The overpass will connect neighborhoods on the west with restaurants, shops and other businesses on the [...]

On Track Update: April 13, 2020

Be prepared for a big traffic change this week. Waverly Road access to and from State Road 37 is permanently closing. The closure is scheduled to happen on or after Tuesday, April 14 to make room for a new overpass. Waverly Road will reopen this fall as an overpass crossing the [...]

Waverly Road access to S.R. 37 closes next week

Waverly Road access to and from State Road 37 will permanently close on or after Tuesday, April 14. The official detour for local traffic will follow Big Bend Road and Old S.R. 37.  The full closure will allow crews to begin earthwork on the approaches to the new Waverly Road overpass. […]

On Track Update: April 6, 2020

Racing fans know – a pit pass gets you closest to the action! It’s your pass to roam pit road and see what’s happening on and off the track. With construction gearing up on I-69 Finish Line, the sixth and final section of the new I-69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis, [...]

On Track Update – March 30, 2020

We hit a milestone moment last week as temperatures warmed enough to pour the concrete deck for the new Grand Valley Boulevard overpass! What was an intersection with a traffic light will provide a new east-west connection for drivers and pedestrians. It connects Martinsville High School and neighborhoods west of SR [...]

I-69 Finish Line Project Office temporarily closed

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (March 18, 2020) — The I-69 Finish Line Project Office at 7851 Waverly Rd. near Waverly is temporarily closed to the public as an added precaution with current health concerns about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The public may continue to interact with the project team by calling 855-INDOT-4U (1-855-463-6848), emailing [email protected], or completing the web form at INDOT4U.com.

$164 million contract to build I-69 in Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2020) – The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded Walsh Construction Company II LLC a $164.8 million contract to transform six miles of State Road 37 into Interstate 69. Walsh’s proposal was the lowest price among four responsive bids and $7.8 million below estimate. This is the second major contract award for I-69 Finish Line.

Visual enhancements for the I-69 Finish Line project

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 15, 2020) – Thank you to the public and local officials in Morgan, Johnson and Marion counties for your partnership in enhancing the aesthetics of the I-69 Finish Line project. Each county will have a unique identity as motorists travel between Martinsville and Indianapolis.

GUEST COLUMN: Many reasons for optimism

In a guest column for the Reporter-Times, former Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl looks down the road and at the improvements and opportunities that will come with the completion of the I-69 Finish Line project.

Follow I-69 Finish Line project progress

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 6, 2019) – Thanks to the nearly 1,000 people who attended the recent project update meetings at Martinsville, Center Grove and Perry Meridian high schools. If you missed the meetings, it’s easy to catch up and follow our progress. Check out this short video to learn more.

Project office is now open

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2019) – The new I-69 Finish Line project office offers one more way for visitors to follow progress on the project and have their questions answered. The office is staffed daily by Project Team members available to answer questions and share information. The location will be familiar to many in the area. The new office shares the same parking lot as the previous project office..

INDOT to share I-69 Section 6 Updates

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 3, 2019) – The Indiana Department of Transportation will host a series of public meetings later this month to provide updates on the sixth and final section of I-69 construction between Evansville and Indianapolis. The project will upgrade existing State Road 37 to interstate standards from Martinsville to Indianapolis.

I-69 Section 6 construction activity kicks off in Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (March 8, 2019) – Warmer weather means construction on I-69 Section 6 will begin in earnest next week. On Monday, Milestone Contractors and subcontractor crews will be in Martinsville clearing trees and brush, placing erosion control and preparing right-of-way for future bridge and roadway construction.

New East-West Road Construction To Begin Next Month

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2019) — Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor representatives, design consultants and the Martinsville city engineer this morning at Seymour District offices to launch a $21.7 million project for new road and bridge construction to provide east-west access over Interstate 69/State Road 37 at Martinsville.

I-69 Section 5 to be at interstate speed on Monday, Nov. 5

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Nov. 2, 2018) – Over the weekend crews will begin pulling barrels off of mainline I-69 and uncovering speed limit signs throughout the corridor. Motorists can anticipate interstate speeds beginning on Monday, November 5. The speed limit will be 55 miles per hour in Bloomington proper between Rockport Road and Kinser Pike, a distance of just under eight miles.

Holcomb outlines Next Level Connections program

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2018) – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced his infrastructure agenda plan for 2019, including a new $1 billion investment in infrastructure projects. The Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, create more nonstop international flights, and move up the completion of major highway projects. The state also will continue to pursue building a new fourth water port at Lawrenceburg and expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.

Design elements for I-69 in Martinsville announced

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (June 28, 2018) – The city of Martinsville and INDOT today unveiled conceptual design elements for the Martinsville segment of I-69 Section 6, which starts just south of Indian Creek and ends one mile north of State Road 44. The design concepts include visual representations of an entrance monument, sound and retaining walls, and bridge and overpass elements.

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