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State official expect new section of Interstate 69 in southern Indiana to open by year's end


BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — State high officials say they expect the latest section of southern Indiana's Interstate 69 extension to be done by the end of the year despite heavy rains this summer.

The Indiana Department of Transportation had expected opening the highway's 27-mile section from near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center into Bloomington in late 2014 before pushing that back because of weather and construction delays.

Highway department spokesman Will Wingfield tells The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/1HYleE0 ) that all embankment work will be done within about a month, allowing contractors to pave the entire stretch.

The I-69 extension has been open between Evansville and Crane since 2012. Completion of the Bloomington-to-Martinsville section is expected in 2016, but the route and funding for the final leg into Indianapolis is uncertain.

Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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