(MARTINSVILLE) – Progress on access road and bridge construction along State Road 37 north of Martinsville means that drivers should watch for changing traffic patterns in the coming days.
- Whiteland Road is scheduled to close today east of S.R. 37 to build a new access road. This is a permanent closure. Click here to view a map.
- Lane closures are expected Wednesday and overnight stoppages of up to 20 minutes are expected Wednesday and Thursday on S.R. 37 near Waverly Road to install bridge beams. More information is in our Building Bridges spotlight below.
- Ennis Road is scheduled to close Thursday to build the New Harmony Road extension along S.R. 37. The closure is expected to last for several weeks. Local access will be maintained to the south using Egbert Road and Henderson Ford Road.
- Egbert Road is scheduled to close east of Willowbrook Drive on or after September 14. Temporary access to Willowbrook Drive will be maintained through Egbert Road at S.R. 37. Click here to view a map. The closure will allow crews to connect Egbert Road with the new bridge under construction.
Banta, Big Bend, Cragen and Henderson Ford roads remain open at S.R. 37, and drivers should expect an increase in local traffic at these intersections.
New access roads are also starting to come online. The realigned Twin Branch Road is opening in phases to provide property access north of S.R. 44. A new access road connecting Country Club Road to Morgan Road and Myra Lane could open as early as next week. Watch for the latest traffic updates on I-69FinishLine.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
New bridges are taking shape along the I-69 Finish Line corridor. Bridges are being built over S.R. 37 for Egbert, Henderson Ford, Perry and Waverly roads. Watch this short video with members of the Project Team to learn more about what it takes to build a bridge.
Each bridge starts with a solid foundation with steel bridge pilings driven anywhere from 30 to 80 feet in the ground. Concrete footings, piers and end bents follow. Large concrete structural beams are then installed. They’re part of the superstructure supporting the bridge deck. Installing forms and adding reinforcing steel are the next steps before the concrete deck is poured.
Structural beams have already been installed on three of the four new bridges over S.R. 37. The large, concrete beams are scheduled to be set this week on the Waverly Road bridge. Lane closures and 20-minute traffic stoppages between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights will allow cranes to lift and place the concrete beams.
The four new bridges are expected to be completed this fall. The new bridges will provide connectivity for motorists during next year’s temporary closure of S.R. 37 in Martinsville.
- Watch for more information about lane closures expected to start next week on S.R. 37 between Martinsville and S.R. 144. Road crews will be resurfacing the northbound shoulders and paving in the median to prepare for future construction. Southbound lane closures will be short in length while temporary lane closures northbound could extend for several miles.
- Crews are continuing to install new sewer pipes with James Baldwin Drive closed between Industrial Drive and Robert Curry Drive with one-way access (eastbound) to businesses in the area. Click here to view a map. After James Baldwin reopens, drivers should watch for flagging operations on Robert Curry Drive.
- Rogers Road west of Morton Avenue/SR 39 is scheduled to close between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday to connect a new sewer pipe installed in the area.
- 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.
- INDOT is investing $4.1 million in Marion County intersection improvements ahead of major construction projects including I-69 Finish Line. Cellular modems for city-owned signals along Kentucky Avenue, Bluff Road and Harding Street will allow for time clock synchronization and remote signal timing adjustments. Click here to view and map and learn more.
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.
The actual starting date and duration for work and any closures may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.
About I-69 Finish Line
I-69 Finish Line is the sixth and final section of the Interstate 69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. The project will upgrade the existing State Road 37 to interstate standards between Martinsville and Indianapolis.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Connections program fully funded the $1.5 billion project and accelerated construction by three years. I-69 Finish Line is expected to open to traffic in late 2024, improving safety and reducing travel time.