PENDLETON, Ind. (AP/WISH) — State highway officials are working on plans to add lanes to a busy section of Interstate 69 through central Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Transportation’s proposal would add a third travel lane to both northbound and southbound I-69 in a 14-mile stretch between the Indiana 37 in Fishers and Indiana 38 near Pendleton. The highway now has three lanes from I-465 in Indianapolis to near the Indiana 37 interchange.
According to INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield, the work could be done in three separate sections, but if the state allocates the full amount, then it would all be done at once. Wingfield said the median would be used for the extra lane, which will make the construction process move more quickly.
“Generally, we maintain two lanes of traffic, with a reduced speed limit of course,” Wingfield said. “And by shifting traffic around, narrow lanes, narrow shoulders, we can give the contractors access to the project without presenting too much of a delay on motorists.”
The estimated $79 million project is expected to be included in a highway funding package by legislators this year. Federal funds are also being sought.
The highway department is planning to start construction work on the additional lanes next year, with work being completed in late 2016 or early 2017.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, there are 3 sections of I-69 that could go from 2 to 3 lanes. They are from State Road 37, which is exit 205 north.