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. It will eliminate at-grade crossings, construct overpasses and underpasses, build local access road connections and introduce interstate access points throughout the corridor.
“The mobility it’s going to give us and the opportunity to have businesses come here will help our community grow,” Costin said recently as work was completed on the Grand Valley Boulevard overpass. I-69 Finish Line includes over 26 miles of new interstate highway and more than 35 lane miles of new local access roads.
Safety, convenience and more visibility for Martinsville are some of the project benefits highlighted by Jamie Thompson Taylor, president of the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to help us bring more business to Martinsville,” said Thompson Taylor. “We’ve got a lot of potential and we’ve never been able to really utilize that potential until now.” Click here to hear more from Mayor Costin and the expected benefits I-69 Finish Line will mean for Martinsville.
- Finishing touches have been made to the Grand Valley Boulevard overpass! The curved bridge railings are now complete. Powder coated black railings were custom produced and recently installed.
- A second turn lane was striped and the turn arrow activated last week for eastbound S.R. 144 traffic turning left onto northbound S.R. 37. This will help safely move more traffic through the detour when a portion of S.R. 37 closes in Martinsville for most of 2021.
- Stay alert as drivers adjust to the new traffic signal at State Road 144 where Mann Road meets Centenary Drive. The intersection previously had a flasher and two-way stop.
- Dirt work is underway at the Harriet Street end of the S.R. 39 intersection with Morton Avenue. It’s to prepare for paving and curb work in the coming weeks.
- S.R. 67 traffic has shifted to the outside lanes at the bridge just south of S.R. 144. The superstructure is being replaced in phases to keep two lanes open – one in each direction. The bridge is expected to fully reopen in late October.
- Rolling closures are possible daily along S.R. 37 near Egbert Road, Henderson Ford Road, Perry Road, Waverly Road and Whiteland Road.
- Night-time hauling continues at Perry Road and S.R. 37 to move fill material. The work is expected to continue for at least two more weeks.
- Perry Road remains closed at S.R. 37 and the detour follows New Harmony Road and Cragen Road and then to S.R. 37. The Perry Lane connection with Perry Road is scheduled to be rebuilt in the next few weeks.
- Country Club Road at S.R. 37 is expected to close in early August to connect Country Club Road with Myra Lane using a new access road.
- The I-69 Finish Line project office remains closed temporarily, but our Project Team remains ready to assist. Call 855-INDOT-4U or email INDOT@indot.in.gov to connect with our team. You can always find the latest news and information at I-69FinishLine.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Reminder: The project office is closed temporarily, but you can call or email with any questions, 855-INDOT-4U and INDOT@indot.in.gov.
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 State Road 37 to interstate standards between Martinsville and Indianapolis.Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Connections program fully funded the $1.5 billion 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.