Interstate 164 to be Renamed Interstate 69
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) today joined community leaders at the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana to announce plans for Evansville to become part of the national I-69 corridor in 2014.
INDOT plans to rename the nearly 21 miles of the existing Interstate 164 in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties to Interstate 69. Pending final approval from the Federal Highway Administration, the new signage will be installed during a transition period over a few months during the fall of 2014.
More information about the schedule will be announced as the dates approach. Businesses are encouraged to begin planning now to update signage, maps and the directions they provide for customers.
The conversion will require updating approximately 70 large, green interstate signs at or near exits and the smaller, blue signs posted at bridges and every two tenths of a mile. When the new 67 miles of I-69 opened between Interstate 64 and Crane a year ago, the existing I-164 mile markers and exit numbers were continued northward and will not be affected.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved INDOT’s request to rename I-164 at its Annual Meeting in October.
The new Interstate 69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is a key component to the future economic vitality of southwest Indiana, and connects an entire region of our state with improved access to jobs, education and healthcare. Sixty seven new miles opened for business in November 2012, under budget and years ahead of schedule, saving motorists more than 30 minutes of 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 early 2015. To learn more about the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis project, please visit www.i69indyevn.org.