(MARTINSVILLE) – Road and bridge construction is very evident with signs of I-69 Finish Line progress throughout Martinsville and Morgan County, but it’s important to remember utility work and relocations are also continuing.
Much of that progress is happening below ground and isn’t nearly as visible as other construction milestones happening along the corridor. Utility relocations are clearing the way for progress. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Project Manager Sarah Rubin says this is a massive effort that includes gas, electric, sewer, cable telephone and fiber lines.
With utility crews out in force, there are a couple of key reminders for residents to keep in mind. Do not pull up utility or right-of-way stakes on your property. It may be tempting to pull the stakes to mow and reinsert them. Moving stakes, even a small amount, can lead to errors and disruptions in phone, cable and internet services.
It’s also important to remember utility companies are responsible for final cleanup. Reach out directly to the companies with any questions or concerns and you can always follow up with our INDOT4U contact channels if you need assistance.
INDOT is coordinating with more than 40 utility companies that are installing more than 120 miles of new service lines to make way for I-69 Finish Line.
The work being done now will lead to improved utility service in the areas along the new I-69.
- Concrete and asphalt paving mean a more finished look for State Road 39 where work has been underway from S.R. 37 to S.R. 67. Watch this short video with Project Engineer David Garwood to hear more about the progress to come. Portions of S.R. 39 are being widened to four lanes to safely move more traffic during next year’s temporary closure of a portion of S.R. 37.
- Beams are scheduled to be set on another new bridge this week. Lane closures are expected Wednesday at the new Perry Road bridge under construction. Expect daytime lane closures Wednesday and Friday to set up and take down equipment. Nighttime lane closures and 20-minute stoppages of traffic are expected Wednesday and Thursday to install the beams.
- Watch for structural beam delivery Monday near S.R. 144 and Old S.R. 37/Waverly Park Road. Crews are building a bridge to realign Huggins Hollow Road in the area.
- The intersection at Egbert Road and Centennial Road reopened last week after work to rebuild the intersection. Watch for intermittent flagging operations this week for crews to add some stone and sod in the area.
- Paving began last week for the new Hacker Drive west of Morton Avenue. Crews will do grading and other work before adding the final layer of pavement. Expect short lane closures.
- Paving for the realigned Twin Branch Road is underway. The new alignment could open late this week. Installation of underground drainage pipes may cause temporary closures.
- A temporary driveway connection for Perry Lane opened last week, providing access until a permanent driveway is constructed.
- Randolph Street and York Street are scheduled to close this week at S.R. 39 for the next phase of construction. The Randolph Street closure is expected to last a few days and work at York Street is expected to continue into next week. Access to CVS will follow Garfield Avenue and Harriet Street.
- Industrial Drive between James Baldwin Drive and Schwab Drive is expected to close Tuesday or Wednesday for sewer pipe installation. The closure will last a few days. Drivers will use Robert Curry Drive and James Baldwin Drive to access homes and businesses in the area. Click here to view a map. Following that closure, James Baldwin Drive will close for several days between Industrial Drive and Robert Curry Drive.
- Watch for changing traffic patterns and construction traffic at Burton Lane near Indy’s Restaurant. Road crews are building a Southview Drive extension along S.R. 37 that will eventually connect with the S.R. 39 interchange.
- The Ohio Street entrance to the Artesian Square shopping center north of Burger King is scheduled to close mid-week with the closure lasting through the end of week. Bill’s Boulevard and other Artesian Square entrances will remain open.
- The partial closure of Morgan Street at S.R. 39 is expected next week. The westbound Morgan Street turn lane onto S.R. 39 northbound will remain open. All left turns will be prohibited temporarily between Morgan Street and S.R. 39. The right turn from northbound S.R. 39 to eastbound Morgan Street will also be closed. The detour through downtown follows Morton Avenue and Main Street. Click here to view a map.
- Rolling closures and lane closures are possible daily along S.R. 37 near Egbert Road, Henderson Ford Road, Perry Road, Waverly Road and Whiteland Road.
- The east approach of Whiteland Road at S.R. 37 is expected to close in September. This will be a permanent closure. Watch for more details here in the coming weeks.
- The I-69 Finish Line project office remains closed temporarily, but our Project Team stands ready to assist. Call 855-INDOT-4U or email INDOT@indot.in.gov to connect with our team. Find the latest news, information and traffic updates at I-69FinishLine.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.