Editorial: Successful I-69 corridor requires early planning




Completion of Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Evansville has reached another milestone.

State officials expect construction work to start this year on the next phase of the interstate through southern Indiana. The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to select a contractor in March for work on a 21-mile section of the highway that will generally follow the current State Road 37 corridor from south of Bloomington to the southern edge of Martinsville.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield said much of the work will involve building interchanges and overpasses as the route is transformed to interstate standards. He said the completion target is the end of 2016.

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