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I-69 Extension To Bloomington Delayed Until 2015

Extension from Crane was originally supposed to be complete this year

Construction of I-69 near Bloomington (image courtesy of INDOT)

I-69 won't be extended to Bloomington until the end of 2015.
 
The last leg of the interstate extension, 27 miles from Crane to Bloomington, was supposed to open to traffic by the end of this year.  But Will Wingfield, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, says numerous weather delays have pushed the project back, "particularly the moving of dirt, which is the primary activity," Wingfield said.  "We have about 20 million cubic yards of dirt and rock that need to be moved and compacted in order to build a grade for the new interstate."  The wet summers the last two years and the snowier and colder than normal winter have made it difficult to move the dirt.
 

 

A Monroe County noise law that made it difficult and sometimes impossible for road crews to work at night and overnight also slowed work down, but Wingfield says a judge issued a temporary injunction against the law last week. "We have crews working both day and night shifts to complete the work according to the deadlines that are in their contract.  There are some things that are outside of INDOT's and the contractors' control, so we're working to get through those," Wingfield said.  
 
 
 

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