(BLOOMINGTON) - Survey work for the 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville is going full-bore in Monroe County.
The Herald Times reports that drivers in the area of State Road 37 and the Second Street interchange will notice workers in fluorescent yellow shirts performing topographic work, drilling core samples from the earth and locating utility lines.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says the survey work will be ongoing throughout the summer. Drivers should be aware when approaching survey work crews. Wingfield says if motorists encounter a temporary work zone, to stay alert, pull over and slow down.
Last month, Gov. Mike Pence announced the state intends to build Section 5 using a public-private partnership to design, build, finance and maintain the stretch of road, expected to cost up to $500 million. The state will hire a single contractor to oversee the work; Wingfield says that after environmental studies are complete, the state expects bids to go out in early 2014.
Wingfield says the information being gathered will help planners and designers understand the terrain in the area so design and building teams can determine what will be necessary to complete the work and bids can be submitted.
INDOT has published the qualifications it requires from construction companies wanting to bid on the project.
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