The precise route of the future Interstate 69 through Johnson County has changed.
Earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Transportation shared the route of the future interstate, which follows State Road 37 through Johnson County in the final leg between Martinsville and Indianapolis. Now, the state has made some changes based on feedback from state planners, officials and the public, and is preparing to share those with the public later this month.
The changes are not significant overall, and the interstate still follows the path of State Road 37 mainly. But the changes could have an impact on nearby property owners, state officials said.
“The project team has worked diligently to incorporate that input into a refined preferred alternative that reduces impacts in certain areas while meeting the purpose and need of the overall project,” project manager Sarah Rubin said in a news release.
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Here is a look at what you need to know:
When will the state host meetings with the public?
State department of transportation officials are hosting three meetings, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on:
- Tuesday, Sept. 12, Martinsville High School, 1360 E. Gray St., Martinsville
- Wednesday, Sept. 13, Perry Meridian High School, 401 W. Meridian School Road, Indianapolis
- Thursday, Sept. 14, Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, Greenwood
What details will be shared?
The state will begin each meeting with a presentation on the tweaks made from the route released in March and why those changes were made. Those can range from changing the style of an interchange to needing more or less property for the future interstate. The changes were made based on feedback received since the route was released earlier this year. After the presentation, people will be able to look at maps showing the changes.
After gathering feedback on these changes, the state will prepare the final report and is still hoping to receive federal approval in the first three months of 2018.
How can I share my feedback with the state?
Comments about the route will be accepted until Sept. 26, and can be submitted at www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/2463.htm and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The public also can visit the I-69 Section 6 project office located at 7847 Waverly Road, Martinsville, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.