Indiana will soon open the first stretch of I-69 extension

November 8, 2012 by  

Friday, November 2, brought a welcome announcement from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) – the new Interstate 69 corridor is about to open for business, at least in part.

On Monday, November 19, the first three sections of the new route, totaling 67 miles and connecting Evansville to Crane, will open to traffic. The route is designed to run from Indianapolis all the way to the Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan.

This portion of the interstate has been completed under budget by nearly $80m, as well as being done ahead of schedule, and promises fast, safe travel, and economic opportunity for Indianapolis residents and others in this Midwestern state.

Governor Daniels was a prime mover in the effort to build the interstate. It was his idea to lease the Indiana Toll Road and use funds raised in that effort to begin work on I-69. Governor Daniels and others believe the route will enhance Indiana’s economy by making transportation of goods easier, thus rendering the state a more viable transportation hub. It will also make it simpler for people to reach communities along the corridor, increasing opportunities for business investment in these locales.

While this part of I-69 is complete, more remains to be done, with Section 4 of the route scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. The state might therefore consider printing brochures with detailed maps of the new route, along with a description of the sections still under construction. This should eliminate any confusion about entrances, exits, and the route itself.