Greenwood Chamber Supports I-69 Following SR 37

The Greater Greenwood Chamber endorses the State Road 37 corridor from Martinsville north to Interstate 465 in Indianapolis as the Chamber’s preferred route for section six of the Southwest Indiana Interstate 69 expansion project. This SR 37 corridor is the same route INDOT originally recommended in December 2003, and the same route the Federal Highway Administration approved in March 2004.

Indiana is positioned within a day’s truck drive to 75% of the US and Canadian population.  We understand, and have already seen the effects of, interstate connectivity as an important economic driver to both our state and local economies.  It is a widely accepted economic development principle that interstates drive new investment and new jobs.

We believe the I-69 expansion is a unique infrastructure opportunity that will translate into new economic investment and new jobs for the Johnson and Southern Marion County economies; investment and jobs that we would not otherwise be afforded.

Furthermore, we also note:

Experts at INDOT already spent considerable time and tax money studying the costs, feasibility, and other environmental impacts for alternative routes; the SR 37 corridor was INDOT’s ultimate recommendation after considering more than ten options.

  • We are aware of pent-up economic demand for the SR 37 corridor to become I-69 section six; some businesses have expressed a desire to relocate or start-up along the SR 37 corridor after I-69 is constructed.
  • The construction delay and unnecessary rehash of the final section six route is further hurting existing businesses along the SR 37 corridor that have suppressed expansion plans over the last 10 years because they were waiting for the I-69 expansion to disrupt or relocate their operations.
  • Not all business which will be disrupted oppose this corridor; we have spoken with businesses that must relocate but still support the SR 37 corridor for I-69 section six because they believe in the greater economic good for the entire community.
  • We believe the lost assessed value of property acquired for interstate construction, while an inconvenience, will be a short-term exchange for a long-term net increase in assessed property value gained from new commercial investment; this can have a positive long-term impact on local school, library, fire, and municipal taxing districts.
  • Community leaders will advise INDOT on the final corridor development plan; strategically placed underpasses and ample frontage roads can accelerate the opportunity for replacement plus new commercial investment (and thus assessed property value), as well as alleviate concern for connectivity between existing roads.
  • The following economic development organizations and civic leaders also endorse the SR 37 corridor as their preferred route for the section six I-69 expansion:  Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Johnson County Development Corporation, Mayor of Greenwood, Mayor of Franklin, Town of Bargersville, Johnson County Commissioners, and Johnson County Council.

Related: Remove Prohibitive Legislation

The SR 37 corridor connects with I-465 in Perry Township, Marion County.  We therefore support Representative John Price’s bill (HB 1036) to remove the requirement that the general assembly enact a statute authorizing the construction of I-69 in Perry Township (Marion County) before I-69 may be constructed in Perry Township.

Roads and highways vital to sustaining international commerce and Indiana’s economy should be designed and planned by trained transportation experts, not politicians.

For more information contact Christian Maslowski, Greater Greenwood Chamber president/CEO, at 317.888.4856 or Christian@GreenwoodChamber.com.

HB 1036 Addresses Interstate in Perry Township

The Indiana General Assembly may soon have the opportunity to change legislation requiring the General Assembly to authorize construction of I-69 in Perry Township. HB 1036, filed by Rep. John Price, removes this provision from the current statute. Rep. Price, who represents portions of Johnson County, believes that all options for Section 6 of Interstate 69 should be given equal consideration as routes are studied for the final leg of I-69 between Martinsville and Indianapolis.

In October 2014, INDOT announced its intentions to begin the Tier 2 environmental study on Section 6, with additional route options included in the study. The proposed routes in the study are not yet known to the public, but will be presented in the coming months. The Tier 2 study is expected to take 24-30 months for completion.

Weekend Lane Closures to perform tree clearing operations along State Road 37 in Bloomington to begin on Jan. 10
BLOOMINGTON, IND. (Dec. 23, 2014) – The I-69 Development Partners Team
announce weekend single lane closures on State Road 37 between Rockport Road and Sample Road.
Lane closures on SR 37 will be required to complete tree clearing operations. Weekend closures will begin on or after Jan. 10, weather permitting and will continue for six consecutive weekends through Feb. 15, 2015.
In addition to the weekend closures along SR 37, there will be lane restrictions with flaggers along the side streets throughout the specified SR 37 limits.
Construction and traffic contacts
Questions or concerns about the following should be reported to the respective contact:
Roadway access:  John Fox, Landowner Relations Representative, 812.361.8275
Media and general project inquiries: Tony Carpenter, Public Information Coordinator, 812.361.8275, or i69section5pi@i69section5.org

Weekend Lane Closures to perform tree clearing operations along State Road 37 in Bloomington to begin on Jan. 10

BLOOMINGTON, IND. (Dec. 23, 2014) – The I-69 Development Partners Team announce weekend single lane closures on State Road 37 between Rockport Road and Sample Road. Lane closures on SR 37 will be required to complete tree clearing operations. Weekend closures will begin on or after Jan. 10, weather permitting and will continue for six consecutive weekends through Feb. 15, 2015.

In addition to the weekend closures along SR 37, there will be lane restrictions with flaggers along the side streets throughout the specified SR 37 limits.

Construction and traffic contacts

Questions or concerns about the following should be reported to the respective contact:

Roadway access:  John Fox, Landowner Relations Representative, 812.361.8275

Lane Closures to install project identification signsalongState Road 45 and State Road 48 in Bloomington to begin on Dec. 27

BLOOMINGTON, IND. (Dec.23, 2014) – The I-69 Development Partners Team

announce single laneclosures onState Road 45 from 1500 feet west of State Road 37 to 1500 feet east of SR 37 and on State Road 48from 900 feet west of SR 37 to 900 feet east of SR 37.

Lane closures on SR45 and SR 48 will be required to install project identification signs. Closureswill beginon or after Dec.27, weather permitting, and will continuethrough Jan. 2, 2015.

Construction and traffic contacts

Questions or concerns about the following should be reported to the respective contact:

Roadway access:  John Fox, Landowner Relations Representative, 812.361.8275

Full-Corridor Maps of I-69 in Indiana

I-69 Corridor Map of Indiana

I-69 Corridor Map-Evansville to Indy

Graphic of Section 6 Study Area

Although we don’t yet know where the proposed alternative routes that will be studied as part of the Tier 2 study for Section 6, we know that those routes will be within this geography (image on left). The original route is shown in the image on the right.

Graphic of Section 5 Interchanges

This map shows the interchanges for Section 5

Section 5 interchanges

Section 5_ConstructionOverview

Traffic Routing onto I-69 Interchange South of Bloomington

INDOT–On or after Wednesday, Dec. 17, State Road 37 traffic will be shifted to share new southbound pavement at the Interstate 69 interchange south of Bloomington.

S.R. 37 will continue to be one lane in each direction in the work zone between Fullerton Pike and Dillman Road. Northbound S.R. 37 traffic will be shifted across the median to share the new southbound pavement.

Left turns will continue to be prohibited at the Rockport Road and That Road intersections. Until I-69 upgrades begin, traffic may turn right into or right out of S.R. 37 at these locations. West Bolin Lane also is scheduled to reopen across the I-69 work zone later this week to provide an alternate route for local traffic.

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Crider & Crider Inc. of Bloomington is building a “trumpet” interchange to connect the new Interstate 69 alignment with the existing S.R. 37 corridor. The design will give priority to I-69 through traffic while providing high-speed ramps for merging and diverging through traffic on S.R. 37.

Video of I-69 Section 4 (long version)

I-69 Full-Site Flight