MARTINSVILLE — The Indiana Department of Transportation announced late Thursday night that all lanes of I-69 through Martinsville were open to traffic after the highway, formerly known as Ind. 37, had been closed for nearly a year.
"Traffic is now flowing in both directions on the new I-69 in Martinsville," INDOT said in a release. "I-69 FInish Line contractors opened 17 miles of free-flow highway to southbound traffic on Thursday afternoon ahead of holiday travels."
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The southbound-lane openings come days after Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb was in Martinsville to cut the ribbon on the five-mile stretch of new interstate through Martinsville.
On Monday evening, hours after Holcomb's visit, INDOT opened the northbound lanes of I-69.
The five-mile stretch of new interstate, roughly from Morgan Street to the Ind. 39 interchange, has a posted speed limit of 65 miles-per-hour.
"Construction of I-69 in Morgan County will finish in 2022," INDOT noted. "Typical finishing touches include the final layer of asphalt pavement, permanent pavement markings, signage, railings, grass plantings and drainage work."
Motorists needing to access the new I-69 in Martinsville can do so at the Ind. 39, Ohio Street/Mahalasville Road/Artesian Avenue and Ind. 252/44 interchanges.
While the stretch of highway is considered I-69 through Martinsville, areas of the highway north of the city have yet to be marked as an interstate.
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"North of Martinsville, the speed limit is reduced to 45 mph for ongoing construction, including new overpasses at Teeters Road and Myra Lane," INDOT noted in its release. "Until the overpasses are completed, Martinsville First United Methodist Church and Ozark Fisheries traffic will turn right into and right out of temporary driveways. Rumble strips prompt drivers to stay alert and merge left for slow traffic."
I-69 by the numbers
The five-miles stretch of new interstate through Martinsville is part of the I-69 Finish Line Project, formerly known as I-69 Section 6.
I-69 Finish Line runs roughly from the Indian Creek Bridge in Martinsville to I-465 in Indianapolis, largely along the Ind. 37 corridor.
Once complete, which is currently anticipated in 2024, the project will bring more than 26 new miles of interstate to Indiana.
The project will also allow for the removal of 24 traffic signals along the current corridor, four of which have already been removed.
More information on the I-69 Finish Line Project can be found online at https://i69finishline.com/.
Updates can also be found on the project's social media pages on Facebook and Twitter at @I69FinishLine.
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