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More I-69 Extension Work Set To Start Next Year

Construction is expected to get underway next year on another phase of the Interstate 69 extension.

The Indiana Department of Transportation expects to choose a contractor in March for work on a 21-mile section of the highway that follows the current Indiana 37 corridor from south of Bloomington to the southern edge of Martinsville.

IN-DOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells The Bloomington Herald-Times much of the work will involve building interchanges and overpasses as the route is transformed to interstate standards.

He says that section of the project is expected to be completed in late 2016.

The new I-69 opened last year from near Evansville to near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.

The section between Bloomington and Crane could open late next year.