(BLOOMINGTON) - The public is invited to review preliminary road alignments and access alternatives for Section 5 of the federally approved I-69 corridor at a public information meeting today at 5:30 p.m.
INDOT officials will present an updated Purpose and Need Statement and Screening of Alternatives Package.
The meeting will be conducted at the Monroe County Fairgrounds Auditorium, located 5700 W. Airport Road just west of the S.R. 45 and Airport Road intersection.
Section 5 of the approved I-69 corridor begins at S.R. 37, near Victor Pike southwest of Bloomington, and continues along S.R. 37 to S.R. 39 near Martinsville.
"This portion of I-69 involves upgrading an existing roadway. We are particularly interested in hearing public comments on proposed access alternatives," said Samuel Sarvis, INDOT Deputy Commissioner of Major Programs.
A formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a public comment session shortly thereafter.
The project team will use public feedback to re-examine initial alternatives and develop a set of revised alternatives to be presented in Section 5's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) later this year. A public hearing will be held shortly after release of Section 5's DEIS.
Maps and aerial photos will be on display and open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Project team members including INDOT representatives will be available to answer questions both before the formal presentation at 6:30 and afterward until 8:30 p.m.
In March 2004, the Federal Highway Administration approved the 142-mile I-69 corridor that will extend I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis. Sections 1 through 4 have completed environmental studies. Section 5 is one of the two remaining Sections in the corridor with ongoing studies.
For more information about the I-69 project, contact the Section 5 project office is located at 3802 Industrial Blvd. in Bloomington or call 812-355-1390. The office is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional information is also available on the project website at www.i69indyevn.org .
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