Opening Date Set for New 69 Corridor in Southwest Indiana
The new Interstate 69 corridor in southwest Indiana will open November 19th.
State officials say the section connecting Evansville to Crane is being completed years ahead of schedule and nearly $80 million under budget.
The initial 67-mile section will connect communities from just northeast of Evansville at I-64 to the US 231 interchange near the Naval Support Activity at Crane.
“The opening of the new I-69 extension is a real game changer and it will benefit our state’s economy by making Indiana a more viable hub for commerce through enhanced transportation capabilities,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber. “Communities along the corridor will see long-desired benefits from increased business investment.”
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the 67-mile stretch has been the longest contiguous ongoing interstate construction project in the country.
“The new I-69 corridor will deliver significantly reduced travel times and we look forward to sharing more information about that key benefit at the grand opening,” said Samuel Sarvis, INDOT’s Deputy Commissioner for Major Programs. “It is also important to note that work continues on Section 4 that will connect I-69 from the US 231 interchange to State Road 37 south of Bloomington by the end of 2014.”