Center Grove motorists: Expect your trips on State Road 37 to take a little longer and be a little more stressful when a new interstate opens next year in southern Indiana.
A 94-mile stretch of Interstate 69 between Evansville and State Road 37 south of Bloomington should be completed by the end of 2014, Indiana Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cher Elliott said.
Drivers will then have a straight shot from Evansville to Indianapolis, only they’ll sail along a limited-access interstate for much of the way. Then they’ll run into all the stop lights on State Road 37 from Bloomington to Indianapolis, and through western Johnson County.
More cars and semi-trucks will take State Road 37 through the Center Grove area, where they’ll hit a succession of stoplights at County Road 144, Smith Valley Road, Fairview Road and County Line Road. An Indiana Department of Transportation study has found that traffic could increase as much as 330 percent on State Road 37 in White River Township after it becomes part of the interstate corridor.