Feds sign off on route for final section of I-69 project

A map shows the reconfiguration of I-465 at Indiana 37 on the Indianapolis south side as planned for the Interstate 69 expansion. (Provided Image/Indiana Department of Transportation)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Federal authorities have given the green light to the state’s proposed routes for the final leg of Interstate 69 from the south side of Indianapolis to Martinsville, Indiana Department of Transportation said Thursday.

Andy Detrich with INDOT said the state will continue with designing the routes and acquiring property for the interstate expansion.

The feds made no significant changes to the state’s proposed routes in their approval of the final environment impact statement, which identified the impact on homes, businesses and natural assets in the proposed corridor.

The 26-mile stretch will include 10 interchanges, 13 overpasses and underpasses, and construction of 18 miles of new local-access roads. Work is projected to begin in 2020. In addition, preliminary designs call for a major reconfiguration of the State Road 37 and I-465 interchange on the south side of Indianapolis.

Printed copies of the final route will be available Friday at these locations:

  • Indianapolis Public Library, 5301 Kentucky Ave.
  • Indiana State Library, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.
  • Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood, Bloomington
  • Indianapolis Public Library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road
  • Johnson County Library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood
  • Mooresville Public Library, 220 W. Harrison St., Mooresville
  • Morgan County Public Library, 9410 State Road 144, Martinsville
  • Morgan County Library, 110 S. Jefferson St., Martinsville
  • Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, 1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield