I-69 Section 6 Tier 2 Announcement

INDOT is pleased to announce the resumption of environmental activities leading to a Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Section 6 of I-69, connecting Martinsville to Indianapolis.  With the completion of Sections 1, 2, and 3 and the continued progress through Sections 4 and 5, the resumption of Section 6 is in line with Governor Pence’s emphasis to “finish what you start”.

The Section 6 study will be prepared by FHWA and INDOT, with support from HNTB and Lochmueller Group. The study will include alternatives analysis and environmental studies consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other laws.

With the resumption of the Section 6 study, the appropriate federal and state resource agencies and the public will be included in additional scoping activities. These scoping activities will identify additional alternatives for completing Section 6. All alternatives will connect Section 5 of I-69 in Martinsville with I-465 in Indianapolis. The alternatives may be outside the Tier 1 corridor for some or most of their length and may connect to I-465 directly or via I-65 or I-70. Additional schedule details on the timing of the environmental activities will be published later this year after consultation with various resource agencies.”

Agencies and the public will have opportunities to comment during this scoping process and throughout the development of the proposed project. A date for a scoping meeting for regulatory agencies to address Section 6 will be established at a later date. A public Information meeting for this Tier 2 section will also be scheduled at a later date.

I-69 Section 5 Completes Bond Sale, Reaches Financial Close

INDIANAPOLIS (July 24, 2014) – The Indiana Finance Authority and I-69 Development Partners have completed the sale of tax-exempt, private-activity bonds and reached financial close on I-69 Section 5 from Bloomington to Martinsville.

Earlier this month, the IFA sold nearly $244 million in private-activity bonds on behalf of the private developer, which will then repay the bond holders directly. I-69 Development Partners is investing more than $40 million of its own funds and is responsible for all construction costs and the risks associated longer term with the operations and maintenance of I-69 Section 5.

“We encouraged the proposers to approach the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of I-69 Section 5 in a way that maximizes the value to the taxpayers while still delivering a quality product,” said Indiana Public Finance Director Kendra York. “Competition resulted in a proposal from I-69 Development Partners that met all project objectives while providing the state and the taxpayers with an extremely competitive bid.”

The state’s payment structure requires the developer to meet performance standards for quality, maintenance and on-schedule completion of safety improvements in Bloomington, such as interchanges at Fullerton Pike and Tapp Road, and overpasses at Vernal Pike and Rockport Road.

About Interstate 69

The new I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is 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 is divided into six sections. The first three sections opened for business in November 2012, 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.

I-69 Section 5 involves rehabbing and upgrading 21 miles of the existing, four-lane State Road 37 to interstate standards. I-69 Development Partners expects to begin construction in the Bloomington area this fall and open the 21 new miles of interstate by the end of 2016.

More information about the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis project may be found at www.i69indyevn.org.

Indiana Finance Authority to Hold Public Hearing May 15

INDIANAPOLIS (May 9, 2014) – The Indiana Finance Authority will hold a public hearing on May 15 at 10 a.m. to accept public comment on the issuance of tax-exempt, private-activity bonds for up to $400 million to finance the I-69 Section 5 project. Private-activity bonds are not paid for with taxpayer dollars, but would be paid for by I-69 Development Partners, a private development firm. If approved, the developer will have access to these tax-exempt funds to help finance the design, construction, operation and maintenance of I-69 Section 5.

Section 5 of the I-69 expansion involves rehabbing and upgrading 21 miles of the existing, four-lane State Road 37 to interstate standards between Bloomington and Martinsville.

Under the private-activity bond repayment structure, I-69 Development Partners is fully responsible for the construction costs and the risks associated longer term with the operations and maintenance of I-69 Section 5. The payment structure is also tied to performance standards, such as quality and maintenance, and on-schedule completion of safety improvements in Bloomington, such as interchanges at Fullerton Pike and Tapp Road, and overpasses at Vernal Pike and Rockport Road. If approved, the private-activity bonds would be issued in late June.

The public hearing to address the private-activity bond issuance will be held at One North Capitol, Suite 900 in Indianapolis along with other projects located across the state for which the IFA is providing conduit financing.

Public invited to provide comment

The financing report regarding the bond issuance is available for public consideration at www.in.gov/ifa/files/Public_Hearing_Notice_and_I69_Report.pdf.

The public may submit advance comments prior to the hearing. Those comments can be sent via email to IFA Public Hearing Officer Cindy Herron at cherron@ifa.in.gov, or via mail to One North Capital, Suite 900, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

All comments must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on May 14 to be considered.

About Interstate 69

The new I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is 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 in the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement, which was approved with a record of decision in March 2004.

The first three sections opened for business in November 2012 – under budget and years ahead of schedule – and save motorists more than 30 minutes travel time in the 67 miles 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.

More information about the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis project may be found at www.i69indyevn.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Wingfield, 317-233-4675 or wwingfield@indot.in.gov

I-69 Section 5 Contract Finalized

INDIANAPOLIS (April 14, 2014) – The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation have finalized the contract with I-69 Development Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain I-69 Section 5. The project involves rehabbing and upgrading 21 miles of the existing, four-lane State Road 37 to interstate standards between Bloomington and Martinsville.

The private activity bonds that will finance the project are expected to be issued by I-69 Development Partners in late June. The state’s payment structure makes rising construction costs and the risk of operations and maintenance the responsibility of the private developer, and requires the developer to meet performance standards for quality, schedule and maintenance to avoid reductions in recurring payments.

Two payments to the private developer for I-69, Section 5 are tied to completion of safety improvements in Bloomington, such as interchanges at Fullerton Pike and Tapp Road, and overpasses at Vernal Pike and Rockport Road.

Construction Preparations
INDOT contractors completed tree cutting on March 31 within the land available so far for I-69 Section 5 in the Bloomington area. Utility relocations will continue until construction begins later this year.  Crews will continue to mulch and haul off trees that were previously cut, and clear underbrush.

This spring and summer utility crews will begin installing new lines where existing service conflicts with the new I-69 footprint. Utility companies hire their own crews to perform this specialized work. Citizens with any questions or concerns about the work should contact the utility company directly.

The 21 new miles of interstate are scheduled to open by the end of 2016, several years ahead of schedule.

About Interstate 69
The new I-69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is 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 in the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement, which was approved with a record of decision in March 2004.

The first three sections opened for business in November 2012 – under budget and years ahead of schedule – and save motorists more than 30 minutes travel time in the 67 miles 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.

More information about the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis project may be found at www.i69indyevn.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Wingfield, 317-233-4675 or wwingfield@indot.in.gov

Brinegar to Chair Hoosier Voices Board

Hoosier Voices for I-69 today announced the election of Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar as Chair for Hoosier Voices for I-69 Board of Directors. Hoosier Voices is a public advocacy organization that represents a variety of perspectives, including that of business, economic development, labor and the citizenry from across Indiana.

The mission of the Hoosier Voices is to support the approval, funding, and construction of a direct route extension of Interstate 69 from Indianapolis to Evansville in order to improve the economic development efforts, job climate and quality of life throughout all of Indiana. The Indiana Chamber has been part of the organization since its conception.

Brinegar, who has been a member of the organization’s board of directors for several years, will bring new leadership to the organization at a time when the focus of I-69 is on the area between Crane and Indianapolis.  He replaces Jeff Mulzer, vice president of administration with Mulzer Crushed Stone in Evansville.

“At this stage, as the highway moves northward toward Central Indiana, it made sense for the chair position to move along with it,” Brinegar notes. “I’m excited to work with my fellow directors and businesses as Hoosier Voices advances and advocates for the continued construction of I-69.”

Hoosier Voices board members feel strongly that the organization must continue its focus on advocacy efforts in support of the remaining sections of I-69 as well as the new I-69 bridge over the Ohio River in Evansville, according to Executive Director Liz Irwin. “As we look toward the future, we see a highway with numerous opportunities for all Hoosiers. Hoosier Voices will continue to advocate for the highway’s completion and having the leadership and vision of Kevin Brinegar is going to be crucial to those efforts.”

Brinegar emphasizes the new I-69 route will also better the quality of life for Indiana residents as travel will be made much easier, safer and quicker.   “Once in place, the new I-69 will have a positive ripple effect statewide – the rewards won’t be limited to areas directly on the corridor. Indiana will be seen as a more viable hub for business and job opportunities thanks to the improved transportation capabilities.”

A Bloomington native and current Noblesville resident, Brinegar has been with the Indiana Chamber since 1992 – the last 12 years in the top position.

North Walnut Street Ramp Closed in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the Walnut Street ramp that spans State Road 37 on Monday—weather permitting—for an $800,000 Seymour District Bridge Project. INDOT officials anticipate the closure will continue through July. Motorists are advised to detour around the construction via S.R. 37 to S.R. 45/46.

Nighttime lane closures on S.R. 37 have been scheduled at the Walnut Street ramp site during the week of March 24. These closures will occur as needed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Weddle Brothers Highway Group of Bloomington is the project’s prime contractor. Weddle crews plan to remove the existing bridge deck and raise the beams before building a new deck for the 2-span continuous composite plate girder structure measuring 264 feet in total length. The company will also reconstruction pavement approaches to the ramp.

Notice of Public Hearing for Section 5

The Indiana Finance Authority (the “IFA”) issued a request for proposals on October 15,
2013 (the “RFP”) to develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain Section 5 of the
Indiana I-69 project (the “Project”) through an availability payment concession to be established
under a public-private agreement (”PPA”) under Indiana Code 8-15.5 (the “Act”). The Project
consists of upgrading approximately 21 miles of existing State Route 37, a four-lane median
highway, between Bloomington, IN and Martinsville, IN, to an interstate highway, with four
overpasses and four interchanges. The new interchanges will be located at the Fullerton Pike,
Tapp Road/SR 45/2nd Street, Sample Road and Liberty Church Road. The new overpasses will
be at Rockport Road, Vernal Pike, Kinser Pike and Chambers Pike.
Upon review of each of the offers from proposers received by the IFA on January 21,
2014, in response to the RFP, the IFA has preliminarily selected the proposal (”Selected
Proposal”) offered by I-69 Development Partners (the “Selected Offeror”). In accordance with
the Act, the IFA has prepared a written explanation of the basis for the preliminary selection of
the Selected Offeror (”Written Statement”).
Public comments on the preliminary selection by the IFA of the Selected Offeror and the
terms of the PPA will be accepted by the IFA on March 3, 2014, at either (i) the City of
Martinsville Council Chambers (2nd Floor), 59 South Jefferson Street, Martinsville, Indiana
46151 at 3:00 p.m. (local time), or (ii) the Bloomington Holiday Inn, 1710 N. Kinser Pike,
Bloomington, Indiana 47404 at 6:00 p.m. (local time).
Public comments will be accepted in the following ways:
• Speaking publicly from a podium at the meeting
• Written submittals using forms provided at the meeting
• Written submittals online at www.in.gov/ifa/2423.htm (Select “Contact Us” and then at
bottom of page, “IFA’s General Inbox”)
(comments will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. (midnight, local time), March 4, 2014)
The PPA, the Written Statement and the Selected Proposal (with the exception of the
parts of the Selected Proposal that are confidential under Indiana Code 5-14-3) are available on
the internet website of the IFA at www.in.gov/ifa and are available for public inspection and
copying at One North Capitol Street, Suite 900, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 (telephone: 317-
233-4332), the principal office of the IFA, during regular business hours.
More details on the Project and its location can be found at www.in.gov/ifa/2779.htm.
The Indiana Finance Authority (the “IFA”) issued a request for proposals on October 15,
2013 (the “RFP”) to develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain Section 5 of the
Indiana I-69 project (the “Project”) through an availability payment concession to be established
under a public-private agreement (”PPA”) under Indiana Code 8-15.5 (the “Act”). The Project
consists of upgrading approximately 21 miles of existing State Route 37, a four-lane median
highway, between Bloomington, IN and Martinsville, IN, to an interstate highway, with four
overpasses and four interchanges. The new interchanges will be located at the Fullerton Pike,
Tapp Road/SR 45/2nd Street, Sample Road and Liberty Church Road. The new overpasses will
be at Rockport Road, Vernal Pike, Kinser Pike and Chambers Pike.
Upon review of each of the offers from proposers received by the IFA on January 21,
2014, in response to the RFP, the IFA has preliminarily selected the proposal (”Selected
Proposal”) offered by I-69 Development Partners (the “Selected Offeror”). In accordance with
the Act, the IFA has prepared a written explanation of the basis for the preliminary selection of
the Selected Offeror (”Written Statement”).
Public comments on the preliminary selection by the IFA of the Selected Offeror and the
terms of the PPA will be accepted by the IFA on March 3, 2014, at either (i) the City of
Martinsville Council Chambers (2nd Floor), 59 South Jefferson Street, Martinsville, Indiana
46151 at 3:00 p.m. (local time), or (ii) the Bloomington Holiday Inn, 1710 N. Kinser Pike,
Bloomington, Indiana 47404 at 6:00 p.m. (local time).
Public comments will be accepted in the following ways:
• Speaking publicly from a podium at the meeting
• Written submittals using forms provided at the meeting
• Written submittals online at www.in.gov/ifa/2423.htm (Select “Contact Us” and then at
bottom of page, “IFA’s General Inbox”)
(comments will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. (midnight, local time), March 4, 2014)
The PPA, the Written Statement and the Selected Proposal (with the exception of the
parts of the Selected Proposal that are confidential under Indiana Code 5-14-3) are available on
the internet website of the IFA at www.in.gov/ifa and are available for public inspection and
copying at One North Capitol Street, Suite 900, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 (telephone: 317-
233-4332), the principal office of the IFA, during regular business hours.
More details on the Project and its location can be found at www.in.gov/ifa/2779.htm.

Global Management, Indiana Contractors to Build and Operate I-69 Section 5

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) Board this morning made the preliminary selection of I-69 Development Partners, a team led by Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. to design, build, finance, operate and maintain I-69 Section 5 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Isolux has partnered with the local resources of contractors E&B Paving of Anderson, Force Construction Company of Columbus and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis to preserve and upgrade the existing State Road 37 to interstate standards.

The preferred proposal would design and build the project for $325 million. Construction will begin later this year and the 21 new miles of interstate is scheduled to open by the end of 2016, several years ahead of schedule. The contract will limit the length and duration of lane closures to help maintain traffic flow for existing S.R. 37 traffic.

“I am firmly committed to finishing what we started with I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis so products and people will be able to move even more freely, and towns will be open to commerce and opportunity for more Hoosiers,” said Governor Mike Pence. “The private sector can harness a different character of innovation to find greater efficiencies, and this project will continue Indiana’s strong track record of partnering to deliver quality projects on budget and ahead of schedule.”

Indiana is a national leader in leveraging private capital and innovations to deliver transportation infrastructure sooner than expected and at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers. For I-69 Section 5, Indiana leveraged its stellar credit rating to attract low-cost private sector financing using an availability payment form of public-private partnership (P3).

Availability payment P3s transfer cost, schedule and quality risks away from taxpayers during such time that the private sector is responsible for construction, operations and maintenance. If the road isn’t made “available” to the public in compliance with performance standards in the contract, the recurring, inflation-adjusted payments are reduced accordingly.

About the Interstate 69 Project

The new Interstate 69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is 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 in the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement, which was approved with a Record of Decision in March 2004.

The first three sections opened for business in November 2012 – under budget and years ahead of schedule – and save motorists more than 30 minutes travel time in the 67 miles 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.

More information about the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis project may be found at www.i69indyevn.org.

Competitive Proposal Process

Over the past four weeks, separate technical and financial review teams of IFA and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) staff evaluated and scored the final proposals submitted by four short-listed contracting teams. The proposals from all four teams were responsive based upon pass-fail criteria in the Request for Proposals (RFP). The criteria that the IFA and INDOT used to evaluate the final Technical and Financial Proposals is listed in the final RFP published at www.in.gov/ifa/2779.htm.

Next week the IFA will publish more information on its website explaining the preliminary selection, including portions of the preferred proposal. The documents will also be available for public review at IFA offices, One North Capitol Street, Suite 900, Indianapolis, IN 46204. The IFA Board will hold another meeting in early March, to make a final determination on the selected proposer, which is subject to Indiana Budget Committee review before a final decision is issued by the Governor.

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Wingfield, 317-233-4675 or wwingfield@indot.in.gov

Section 5 Tree Clearing Began in January

Watch for S.R. 37 Lane Closures, Reduced Speed Limits

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors began mobilizing along State Road 37 late last month to clear trees in preparation for I-69 Section 5 construction. In November, INDOT awarded a $2 million contract to Crider & Crider Inc. of Bloomington.

Drivers should watch for short-term lane closures and reduced work zone speed limits along S.R. 37 this winter. Crews will begin work at Beanblossom Creek Overflow, near the partial interchange at Walnut Street, and work south through Bloomington.

Tree removal is the next step in upgrading 21 miles of the existing, four-lane S.R. 37 between Bloomington and Martinsville to interstate standards, which will begin construction later this year. Under agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other regulatory agencies, INDOT is not cutting trees after March 31 to minimize impacts to the endangered Indiana bat during its roosting season.

Any person or entity offering to cut trees within the restricted time frames is not working for or on behalf of INDOT. INDOT encourages nearby landowners and loggers to follow the tree cutting restriction as well. Timber buyers and agents must be licensed under Indiana law, and must pay landowners for timber harvested. Landowners may verify that a timber buyer or logging company is properly licensed by searching the Indiana Online Licensing website at http://mylicense.in.gov.

In addition to the 4,100 acres preserved for I-69 Section 4, INDOT is purchasing land or preservation easements for 1,100 acres to mitigate the environmental impacts of I-69 Section 5. More than 800 acres of established forest will be preserved in perpetuity and 300 acres of new trees will be planted in areas where additional bat habitat is needed.

The new Interstate 69 between Evansville and Indianapolis is 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 in the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement, which was approved with a Record of Decision in March 2004.

The first three sections opened for business in November 2012 – under budget and years ahead of schedule – and save motorists more than 30 minutes travel time in the 67 miles 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. Private sector proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain I-69 Section 5 were due in late January.

Evansville to Join National I-69 Corridor in 2014

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.

Source: INDOT