More I-69 construction planned to ease congestion
One of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway in central Indiana is expanding. Work on one stretch of Interstate 69 has been going on for months and construction on another portion will begin soon.
Work on the northbound section of I-69 was supposed to wrap up before the end of the year, but will continue into the spring, right around the time orange barrels will go up on the southbound section from 116th Street to I-465.
This stretch of highway under construction is usually backed up during rush hour and beyond. The expansion means adding a southbound lane and reworking some of the interchanges to allow for more traffic to travel smoothly in the area.
Contracts were just awarded for the southbound section of I-69, so work should begin within a couple of months. For drivers in the area, relief can't come soon enough.
"Anything they can do would help," said Doug Bishop, who lives in Beech Grove. "I'm commuting to and from several times a day, so 69 is always something I don't look forward to."
If you want to find out more specifics on the project, INDOT will hold an open house tonight at the Fishers Train Station from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Stakeholders will hear how all of the construction will pay off. In the short term, it will mean more back-ups and congestion. But in the long run, road builders promise, it will make the commute a much smoother one.