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Afternoon Update

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November 23, 2013

I-69 construction could carry into 2014

Pavement repair also coming to Madison County next year

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

The locations for the pavement rehabilitation will vary based on need. Riggs said there had been some emergency patching in the last few years in Madison County and those areas will be worked on again in the coming year.

Riggs could not comment on plans further down the road for I-69. David Benefiel, transportation planner for the Madison County Council of Governments, said projects are very hard to predict when they are a long way off simply because of budgeting.

Budgets usually only cover a few years at a time, Benefiel said. This makes them hesitant to announce plans too far into the future.

Despite not committing to anything long term, INDOT does have long range plans that stretch into 2025. In INDOT’s Long Range Plan report, it looked at the major highway corridors in Indiana that would benefit from work.

One of the corridors mentioned was I-69 from Indianapolis to Anderson. The report said new travel lanes should be added to enhance traffic flow in that area.

Also in the short-term for INDOT are plans for a new I-69 exit at 106th Street that has been requested by Hamilton County and Fishers. Riggs said the proposed project, which is still in the initial planning and review stages, is estimated to cost $25 million.

Fishers promised $8 million to the construction with Hamilton County agreeing to chip in $2 million. If everything goes according to plan, construction could begin as early as 2015.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB or call 640-4847.

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