The Indiana Department of Transportation was joined by the Federal Highway Administration, public and elected officials and members of the I-69 Finish Line project team to celebrate another major step toward progress on Friday. Twelve miles of I-69 were officially opened from Martinsville to the new State Road 144 interchange, making it the longest section of new interstate to open for the I-69 Finish Line project. This marks nearly 150 miles of I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis now open to free flow traffic.
With I-69 now open in Morgan County, speed limits have been increased from 55 mph to 70 mph. Please continue to observe posted speed limits and travel safely. Motorists should expect to slow down when approaching the former Banta Road intersection south of S.R. 144 as construction is still ongoing north of the interchange.
The fifth and final bridge replacement project over I-465 in Marion County will wrap up early this week as Finish Line crews put the finishing touches on the Carson Avenue bridge. Bridge crews worked throughout the year replacing five I-465 overpasses as part of the I-69 Finish Line project to make room for additional lanes underneath.
Mooresville Bypass, Mann Road, Keystone Avenue and Madison Avenue bridges were all replaced and reopened earlier this year. Watch this short timelapse video to see how crews were able to successfully replace the Mann Road bridge.
- Utility crews began installing a permanent traffic signal at Mann Road last week after removing existing power lines along I-465. Motorists should anticipate temporary flagging operations until Tuesday when the permanent traffic signal will be switched on.
- Construction crews anticipate wrapping up work for the holidays on Wednesday. While no active work will be ongoing during the holidays, please continue to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Work is expected to resume after the start of the new year.
- I-69 Finish Line’s contract two in Martinsville was named the top road project by Roads & Bridges Magazine earlier this month. The publication announces an exclusive list of the top ten road projects and top ten bridge projects in the U.S. each year.
The actual starting date and duration for work and any closures may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.