Indiana Department of Transportation details I-69 plans for Indianapolis-to-Martinsville


*BROOK*) INDOT IS JUST A FEW MONTHS AWAY FROM BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION ON THE FINAL LEG OF THE I-69 PROJECT. THE SECTION RUNS FROM MARTINSVILLE TO INDIANAPOLIS. TONIGHT.. PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEAR THE CONSTRUCTION ZONES HAD A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE AOUT THE PROJECT. NEWS 8’S JENNY DREASLER WAS AT THAT MEETING AT PERRY MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL.. JENNY WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING.. *JENN*) BROOKE… THIS IS A PROJECT THAT’S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR DECADES. THERE WERE DOZENS OF PEOPLE HERE WHO WERE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET WHEN IT CAME TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT ALL THE UPCOMING CHANGES. *JENNY DREASLER, REPORTIN*) IT WAS A PACKED HOUSE INSIDE PERRY MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL.. AS HUNDREDS CAME OUT TO VOICE THEIR QUESTIONS.. ((PAT SNYDER/ RESIDENT:// IT’S GUNNA MAKE IT FOUR LANES AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH LAWN I’M GOING TO HAVE LEFT IN THE FRONT?)):06 AND CONCERNS… ((BOB PURDUE, RESIDENT:// IT’S ALREADY DIFFICULT GETTING OFF OUR STREET ON 144 CERTAIN TIMES OF THE DAY SO INCREASING THAT TRAFFIC IS A CONCERN GETTING IN AND OUT BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF NEAR MISSES THERE RIGHT NOW.)):09 ABOUT THE I-69 FINISH LINE PROJECT. ((MALLORY DUNCAN, INDOT:// WE’VE ALWAYS WANTED AN INTERSTATE THAT STRETCHES THE SPAN OF INDIANA, AND THIS WAS THE BEST OPTION.)): 07 THE 1.5 BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT.. 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 FROM MARTINSVILLE TO INDIANAPOLIS. ((SHERRI PURDUE/: I HAVE CONCERNS WITH HOW CLOSE THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO COME ON SOUTHPORT ROAD EAST TOWARD OUR ADDITION AND HOW THAT TRAFFIC IS GOING TO FLOW AND IMPACT HOW WE MOVE IN AND OUT OF OUR ADDITION.)):12 ((KIM LEMASTERS:// APPARENTLY THERE’S GOING TO BE AN EXIT AND A RAMP ON SOUTHPORT ROAD WHICH IS VERY CLOSE TO OUR HOME ADDITION AND JUST TO SEE HOW THAT’S GOING TO AFFECT THE TRAFFIC AND THE FLOW AND THE NOISE AND WE JUST HAVE QUESTIONS.)):12 BUT INDOT SAYS THE CHANGES ARE NECESSARY AND WILL BE WORTH IT IN THE END. COMMUTE TIMES WILL BE CUT DOWN BY 11 MINUTES.. AND THE ROADS EASIER TO DRIVE. WHILE SOME PEOPLE ARE APPREHENSIVE… OTHERS SAY.. THEY THINK THE END PROJECT.. WILL BE WORTH THE BUMPY ROAD ALONG THE WAY. ((BOB PURDUE/ RESIDENT: AFTERWARDS I THINK IT’S GOOD… IT’LL BE FINE. IT’LL IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW. I MEAN IT’S COMING. YOU GOTTA GET ON BOARD.)):6 *JENN*) THE MAIN LINE CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO GET UNDERWAY IN EARLY 2020. THE I-69 FINISH LINE IS EXPECTED TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC IN LATE 2024. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN GIVING YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE PROJECT.. WE HAVE A LINK ON HOW TO DO THAT ON OUR WEBSITE AT WISHTV DOT COM. LIVE IN INDIANAPOLIS.. JENNY DREASLER.. WISH-TV NEWS 8.