They don’t know exactly when the construction crews will move north and build Interstate 69 through Johnson County, but local planners envision restaurants and grocery stores at the new exits that will come with the highway.
The state has been talking about linking Evansville and Bloomington with an interstate since the 1970s, and construction began in 2008. The Indiana Department of Transportation is slated to convert State Road 37 in Johnson County into a section of I-69 within the next five to 10 years, according to past timelines. The highway department hasn’t completed environmental studies or bought land in Johnson County yet, and when it will isn’t clear, spokesman Will Wingfield said.
Previous time frames for the Johnson County part of the project could change because the two prior phases, between Crane and Bloomington and between Bloomington and Martinsville, are ahead of schedule, Wingfield said.