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Portion Of I-69 Expected To Open By End Of Year
Updated October 23, 2014 7:25 AM | Filed under: Transportation
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(MONROE CO.) - A portion of the Interstate 69 interchange in Monroe County is expected to be open to traffic by the end of the year.

Chriss Jobe, construction area engineer for Section 4 of I-69 says that the interchange is located between That Road and Victor Pike. Currently the southbound traffic has been diverted into one of the northbound lanes of Ind. 37 to accommodate construction crews.

Jobe hopes to have enough paving done to move traffic over to the new interchange and close Ind. 37's northbound lane by early December.

The rest of Section 4, the 27-mile stretch from Naval Support Activity Crane to Bloomington, won't be finished until the end of 2015.

That's about a year after the original expected completion date. Construction was delayed due to a wet spring and summer in 2013.

Jobe says 80 percent of the dirt moving for Section 4 is complete as well as 80 percent of the drainage work and 70 percent of the section's 49 bridge structures are complete, but only 10 percent of the paving work is done. The rest of the paving will be done in the spring and summer of 2015. Concrete will be used for most of the paving because it was determined to be more cost effective than asphalt.

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