BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The original completion date for I-69 between Bloomington and Martinsville was October 2016. The latest completion date was May 2018, but state officials are again pushing the estimate back to August 2018.
The project is now nearly two years behind schedule, with four delays in the interstate's history.
"I'm never fond of construction in the fact that it just slows everything down," said Dianne Jones, a driver in the area. "What do you do? It's got to get done. This is a pretty important route between Bloomington and all these other things that go on around here."
The August 2018 estimate is assuming the state finishes a deal to take over project management from a public/private partnership. The partnership group struggled to pay sub-contractors at times, creating work delays.
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The new completion date will not affect the opening of four continuous lanes of traffic on State Road 37 in Bloomington. Those lanes are on track to open in a couple months.