Last week, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provided the following update via press release on the Interstate 69 project in Indiana;

I-69 from Evansville to Crane on schedule for 2012 opening

WASHINGTON, Ind. — Governor Mitch Daniels today joined Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials for a construction briefing on the Interstate 69 (I-69) corridor from Evansville to US 231 (Crane). The 65 miles of new interstate is scheduled to open for traffic in late 2012 and is an aggressive goal. Two miles of I-69 was opened to traffic in the fall of 2009 and five contracts for the road are currently under construction. The remaining segments will be underway this spring. Construction is currently on schedule to be open for traffic on time.

The construction firms present at today’s briefing confirmed that this is an aggressive goal but that they are up to the task. Sections 1-3 of the I-69 Corridor is under the $700 million construction budget with one contract remaining to be awarded for construction. The construction of I-69 from Evansville to US 231 (Crane), Sections 1-3, is made possible by Major Moves and was estimated to cost $700 million. Providing interstate access to southwest Indiana is one of the Governor’s top transportation priorities. Daniels announced in October 2009 that efforts to build the I-69 corridor from Evansville to Indianapolis would be placed on a fast track. Opening the road in 2012 is eight years earlier than original Major Moves construction schedule.

In May 2010, Daniels announced that the 27 miles connecting Crane to Bloomington (Section 4 of I-69) will be open in 2014. INDOT confirmed on Wednesday the aggressive goal is also meeting expectations for on time completion to Bloomington.

The new interstate is widely regarded as a key component to the future economic vitality of Southwestern Indiana and will provide necessary connectivity with the rest of the state and the nation. For more information about all six sections of I-69, visit the project website at www.i69indyevn.org.