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[INDOT - Southeast] Surveying Begins in Bloomington for I-69 Section 5
Start Date: 6/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/6/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Surveying Begins in Bloomington for I-69 Section 5

Drivers urged to slow down, stay alert along S.R. 37

 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Motorists will see a variety of preliminary survey activities taking place throughout the summer along State Road 37 in preparation for procurement of I-69 Section 5 between Bloomington and Martinsville. Crews are drilling for soil and utility exploration and performing topographic surveys, among other surveying work.

 

Utility crews separate from INDOT are also working along State Road 37 to install new service lines. Drivers are encouraged to stay alert for the safety of motorists and highway workers. Indiana’s “Move Over, Slow Down” law requires drivers to reduce their speed 10 mph below the posted speed limit if they cannot change lanes away from a survey or utility crew with emergency lights flashing.

 

The I-69 project team is again offering personalized outreach to property owners that may be impacted by Section 5. More than 100 “kitchen table meetings” have been held thus far to prepare landowners for survey work and land acquisition. INDOT’s kitchen table meetings have been recognized as a successful practice by the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials.

 

Private contractor employees working on behalf of INDOT are required to attend customer service training before being certified to conduct field studies. Landowners are welcome to request photo identification with the I-69 logo before surveyors enter private property as permitted under state law.

 

Anyone with questions about surveying is encouraged to call the I-69 Bloomington project office at 812-334-8869 or visit 3802 Industrial Blvd, Unit 2, across State Road 45 from Walmart.

 

The new Interstate 69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is widely regarded as a key component to the future economic vitality of southwestern Indiana, and will connect an entire region with improved access to jobs, education and healthcare. The 142-mile I-69 corridor was divided into six independent sections with the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Study, which was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in March 2004.

 

The first 67 miles opened for business in November 2012 under budget and years ahead of schedule, and now saves motorists more than 30 minutes in travel time between Evansville and Crane. Construction is underway on all 27 miles of I-69 Section 4 between Crane and Bloomington, which is expected to open to traffic in phases during late 2014 and 2015.

 

I-69 Section 5 involves upgrading 21 miles of existing State Road 37 to Interstate standards, including new interchanges and overpasses. The project will improve traffic safety, reduce existing and forecasted congestion and support economic development.

 

For more information about I-69 between Indianapolis and Evansville, please visit www.i69indyevn.org.

Contact Information:
Name: Will Wingfield
Phone: 317-233-4675
Email: wwingfield@indot.in.gov
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