INDOT will miss Aug. 31 target for I-69 construction

BLOOMINGTON — The city of Bloomington says the state will miss its Aug. 31 target for substantially completing Section 5 of the Interstate 69 extension to Evansville.

The city issued a news release Tuesday saying the Indiana Department of Transportation would miss the target, based on a report the agency presented to the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization last week.

INDOT spokesman Andy Dietrick told The Herald-Times that substantial completion likely won’t be reached until September based on weather forecasts.

INDOT defines substantial completion as having all interchanges on the 21-mile section and at least two lanes in each direction open to highway traffic and most access roads paved. The state set the Aug. 31 target after taking control of the project from a private developer last year.

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