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Transportation and Infrastructure

I-69 Construction Now 8 Months Behind Schedule

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Construction on the section of I-69 that connects Bloomington and Martinsville is scheduled to continue into 2017.

Section 5 of I-69 was originally slated for completion in October of this year. Now, completion is scheduled to be complete on June 28 of next year.

Tony Carpenter is the public information coordinator for Section 5. He says the 8-month delay stems from earlier problems.

“The project didn’t actually get started until 6 months after announcement,” he says. “It started a little later, so it shifted.”

Carpenter says the delay is linked to a contract dispute between construction subcontractors and the I-69 development partners.

It is possible that the new timeline will incur additional costs, but Carpenter could not say how much that would be or where the expenses would come from.

Carpenter says he understands people are frustrated with the constructions timeline.

“I think it’s important to note that this is the first section of I-69 in our state that is being built on an active roadway,” says Carpenter. “And the options were to close it completely and get it done or leave it open and cause an inconvenience.”

Carpenter says the new schedule will not impact the timeline of Section 6.

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