MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2020) – I-69 Finish Line progress near the Waverly Road bridge site will impact traffic north of Martinsville next week.
State Road 37 access to Whiteland Road east of S.R. 37 is scheduled to close permanently on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Whiteland Road is being realigned and extended to connect with Waverly Road along the east side of S.R. 37.
Whiteland Road remains open west of S.R. 37. Local traffic can also access S.R. 37 at Banta Road and Big Bend Road.
Bridge beams placed over S.R. 37
Large concrete beams are scheduled for installation over S.R. 37 next week for the new Waverly Road bridge. Drivers should watch for daytime lane and shoulder closures near Waverly Road on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for crane setup and bridge beam delivery.
Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights, traffic stoppages of up to 20 minutes will allow cranes to lift the large concrete beams into place over the highway. The beams are expected to be placed over southbound S.R. 37 on Wednesday night and over northbound S.R. 37 on Thursday night.
Lane closures may continue into the day on Friday, Sept. 11 for crane removal. The S.R. 37 speed limit is reduced to 45 mph from Martinsville through Whiteland Road.
Ennis Road to close at S.R. 37
Ennis Road is scheduled to close Thursday, Sept. 10 at State Road 37 for several weeks of access road construction. Local access will be maintained to south using Egbert Road and Henderson Ford Road.
I-69 contractors are building an access road along the east side of S.R. 37 to connect New Harmony Road with Henderson Ford Road.
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.
About the Indiana Hands-Free Law
In 2019, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute reported that distracted driving from mobile devices was a factor in at least 1,263 crashes and three fatal crashes. To make Hoosier roads safer, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed the Indiana Hands-Free law to reduce distracted driving across the state. Beginning July 1, 2020, drivers are prohibited from holding a mobile device, except in emergencies, while their vehicles are moving. For more information on the new law visit www.HandsFreeIndiana.com. Hands-Free Indiana is a partnership between the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Constructors Inc., Indiana Motor Truck Association and ACEC Indiana.