The route extension of the I-69 across southern Indiana has officially begun with the launching of a five-mile length of new interstate through Martinsville. The gigantic Interstate 69 project that residents have been hearing about for decades is about to become a reality. An interstate highway connecting Indianapolis and Evansville has been in the works for decades, with early planning beginning in the 1970s. The interstate corridor across southwest Indiana began construction in the Evansville region in 2008. Six pieces were created for the whole project. Section 5 concludes at the Indian Creek Bridge and contains the Liberty Church Road intersection, which completed in 2018.
The completion of the entire new Indiana stretch of I-69, including a new interchange with I-465 on Indianapolis’ south side, is scheduled for 2024. Ind. 37 will run concurrently with I-69 up to I-465 in Indianapolis. In recent years, the area of I-69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis has been referred to as the I-69 Finish Line Project and was previously known as I-69 Section 6.
Commentary on the Indiana I-69 in Martinsville
“It truly connects three nations and the trade that goes with it.” It is about opportunity and progress for our businesses and residents.” “It cannot be stressed how critical this is, not just today, but over the next three years as we realize I-69 in the state of Indiana,” said Governor Holcomb.
The Indiana Department of Transportation closed a five-mile stretch of what was once Indiana 37 from the Indiana 39 junction to Morgan Street in early January 2021. INDOT officials stated that the state opted to entirely block the route to allow the upgrading of Ind. 37 to be completed faster and to provide a safer environment for construction personnel and motorists.