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I-69 Section 6 DEIS Recommendations: Quick Summary

17 Mar

IMG_2712A few hours ago, INDOT released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for I-69 Section 6, the final section of the Evansville to Indianapolis highway. Section 6 runs from just south of Martinsville to I-465.

Links to INDOT’s press release and the DEIS can be found here:

My (very) quick summary of the findings:

  • After 13 years of additional input and analysis, INDOT is sticking with the original route selected in the 2004 Tier 1 Record of Decision: the SR 37 corridor.
  • 4 lanes from Indian Creek (where Section 5 ends) to SR 144 north of Martinsville, 6 lanes from SR 144 to Southport Road, and 8 lanes from Southport Road to I-465
  • Using the existing SR 37 center median, with cable barriers or double sided guardrails at some locations. Note that an alternative that basically elevated I-69 through Martinsville was considered but not recommended.
  • The preferred alternative is referred to as C4.
  • Two options, with no recommendation, are provided for the interchange at Southport Road just south of I-465
  • The preferred alternative costs approximately $1.5B, assuming construction from 2020-2026
  • The final Record of Decision (ROD) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) from the Federal Highway Administration is anticipated for 1st quarter 2018.

The following map illustrates the preferred route, C4:

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The full DEIS is thousands of pages long. I strongly recommend you start with (and maybe stay with) the executive summary. S.6 provides a good summary of the rationale for the route selected. In addition Chapter 3: Alternatives: C4 Mapbook provides detailed and summary maps of the recommended alternative.

INDOT is accepting public comment through May 8 via the comment form at www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/2463.htm or by mail to the I-69 Section 6 project office, 7847 Waverly Road, Martinsville, IN 46151. In addition, several public meetings are planned. For details, see the INDOT press release.

I-69 Section 6 Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released

17 Mar

The Indianapolis Department of Transportation (INDOT) just moments ago released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Section 6 of I-69, which will run from Martinsville to Indianapolis.  Public comments will be accepted through May 8, 2017.

  • INDOT’s press release can be found here.
  • The full Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be found here.

 

 

I-69 Section 5 Winterization Plans

9 Nov
I-69 Vernal Pike

I-69 Vernal Pike

MoCoGov readers have probably noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blog posting for the election. Now that that awful thing is behind us, I’ll get back to writing more frequently. And today’s news gives me a chance to post on a subject that never fails to cheer me up — road construction!!

I-69 Development Partners provided their plans for winterization of Section 5 of I-69 last week at the MPO Policy Committee meeting. I will admit that the committee was by and large underwhelmed, and had hoped for a much more detailed schedule. I don’t doubt that they (we) will continue to push for such. But at least this plan gives motorists some idea of how the road will be configured for the winter.

Per their “Winter safety plan”, I-69 Development Partners will:

They say that these items will be completed by the end of the year, with a “few work items carrying over into early January if the weather holds.”

The single-lane traffic at the Bryant’s Creek Bridge is probably the biggest concern with the winterization plan. Since we have not been provided with a more detailed schedule yet, it isn’t clear how long this area of the road will be restricted.

Public Information Meetings Scheduled for Sample Road, Tapp & Rockport, Winslow & Henderson, Fullerton Pike

31 Jul

A lot of infrastructure project public meetings this month! To sum up, here are the upcoming public meetings:

  • Tapp and Rockport Road Intersection: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 4:30-6PM, Southern Hills Church of Christ (1030 W Country Club Dr)
  • Multiuse path along Winslow and Henderson: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6-7:30PM, City Hall Council Chambers
  • Fullerton Pike Phase 2: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 6PM in the Nat U Hill Room of the Monroe County Courthouse.
  • Sample Road: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 6PM, Maple Grove Christian Church (1503 W Simpson Chapel Rd)

Sample Road

Monroe County Government has scheduled a public information meeting on the Sample Road reconstruction project. The scope of the project goes from Old 37 at the east to Bottom Road at the west. The diagram below shows the extent to the project. The part in red represents the work being done to create a Sample Road interchange on I-69. As the diagram shows, there will be 3 roundabouts created as part of the interchange, which will be the northernmost access to I-69 in Monroe County. The interchange is expected to greatly increase the amount of traffic on Sample Road, necessitating the county reconstruction project.

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Sample Road Reconstruction Project

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 6PM, at the Maple Grove Christian Church (1503 W Simpson Chapel Rd).

Tapp Road and Rockport Road Intersection

The City of Bloomington is holding a public meeting on its plans to reconstruct the Tapp Road/Rockport Road/Country Club Drive intersection, as well as add a new traffic signal to the current 4-way stop. The project will add left turn lanes, a multiuse path, a sidewalk, and slight realignment of the intersection. Initially, a roundabout was considered, but rejected for cost and environmental impact reasons.

The following map shows the extent of the project:

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Tapp Road and Rockport Road Intersection Project

The meeting will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016, 4:30-6PM, at the Southern Hills Church of Christ (1030 W Country Club Dr). More details about the project can be found on the project web site.

Winslow and Henderson Multiuse Path

The City of Bloomington is also holding a public meeting on its plans to build a multiuse trail along Winslow Rd and Henderson St. The project will also have significant impacts on vehicular traffic, as it is being proposed that northbound traffic on Walnut Street Pike will only be able to turn right (east) on Winslow Rd, not continue north or turn left (west) on Winslow.

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Winslow-Henderson Multiuse Path and Intersection Improvements

This project will construct a new multiuse path on East Winslow Road between South Walnut Street and South Henderson Street, a new multiuse path on South Henderson Street from East Winslow Road to approximately 650 feet north of East Winslow Road, and make intersection changes to the Winslow Rd intersection with Walnut Street Pike. More details about the project can be found at the project web site.

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6-7:30PM, at City Hall Council Chambers.

Fullerton Pike Phase 2

This will come as a repeat to MoCoGov readers, but I wanted to include it with all of the other public meetings:

Monroe County Government has scheduled a public information meeting on Phase 2 of the Fullerton Pike project. Phase 2 goes from Walnut Street  at the east to just beyond Rogers Street at the west. Phase 1, which is scheduled for contract award on November 16, 2016, goes from Walnut Street Pike to Walnut Street.

The following diagram illustrates the approximate extent of the segments, and also identifies several landmarks to orient yourself.

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The meeting will be held on August 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Nat U Hill Room of the Monroe County Courthouse.

Additional information about this major infrastructure project in Monroe County can be found here: Fullerton Pike Corridor.

 

I-69 Section 5 Company Sold to Canadian Pension Fund Manager

17 May

In today’s global finance news, the highway in Bloomington, Indiana that was being built by a Spanish corporation with Netherlands in its name is now owned by a Canadian pension giant.

Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V., the equity member of I-69 Development Partners, the company hired to design, build, operate, maintain, and finance the construction of I-69 Section 5 (from south of Bloomington to Morgan County), has been sold to Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”), a large pension investment manager with over $112B  in assets under management. Isolux Infrastructure was formerly part of Grupo Isolux Corsan.

The newly acquired business will be called ROADIS.

Word is that all of the subcontractors have now been paid, and it is obvious around town that construction on I-69 Section 5 has resumed in a big way!

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Subcontractors working on Vernal Pike

The full press release on the acquisition can be found here.

The Big Bridges of I-69 (Section 4)

6 Sep

INDOT is still holding to a completion deadline of the end of 2015 for I-69 Section 4 (going from Crane to south of Bloomington), so I thought I’d check out for myself the status of the 3 big bridges in the southern part of the section, running along Black Ankle Road and Mineral-Kohleen Road. Managed to walk across all 3 bridges and see how close they are to completion.

Black Ankle Creek Bridge is undoubtedly the longest bridge of the segment, almost half a mile, and one of the more impressive freeway bridges I have seen.

From Black Ankle Creek Road

From Black Ankle Creek Road

Black Ankle Creek Bridge

Black Ankle Creek Bridge

Black Ankle Creek Bridge

Black Ankle Creek Bridge

Bridge decking is complete, and approaches are paved but not finished

Bridge decking is complete, and approaches are paved but not finished

My car in the distance, from the western bridge approach

My car in the distance, from the western bridge approach

Bridge nearly complete

Bridge nearly complete

Construction from the southwest (i.e., Crane) appears complete.

The bridge can be found here on the map: Black Ankle Creek Bridge

Northeast of the Black Ankle Creek Bridge, the Dry Branch Creek Bridge goes over a beautiful stretch of Dry Branch Creek.

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It doesn’t appear that the road is paved yet between the Black Ankle Creek and the Dry Branch Creek Bridge.

The bridge can be found here on the map: Dry Branch Creek Bridge

Further northeast of the Dry Branch Creek Bridge is the Mineral-Kohleen Bridge, which crosses Plummer Creek. The road isn’t paved between Dry Branch Creek and Mineral-Kohleen. However, the road appears to be paved to the northeast of the Mineral-Kohleen bridge.

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The bridge can be found here on the map: Mineral-Kohleen Bridge

Rockport Road Bridge over I-69 Nearly Complete

16 Aug

Another quick update on I-69 construction — it appears that the Rockport Road overpass over SR 37/future I-69 is ready to open any day now, as is the new alignment of That Road connecting to Rockport Road.

The following map shows the overpass, as well as the new That Road alignment. That Road on the east side of I-69 will no longer connect to That Road on the west side. Instead, That Road on the east side will turn north (as shown by the red line below) and connect with Rockport Road. The red lines are a bit squiggly because I created them using RunKeeper, and unfortunately I can’t always walk in a perfectly straight line!

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Here are a few pictures of the new road:

Rockport Road, Facing Northeast

Rockport Road, facing northeast to the edge of the new construction

Rockport Road bridge over I-69

Newly paved and striped Rockport Road bridge going over I-69. The road includes on-street bike lanes in each direction, which you can see to the right.

Western Terminus of Rockport Road Overpass Over I-69

This is the western terminus of the overpass. There is still a bit of work to be done on the transition.

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New alignment of That Road, which will no longer cross I-69. This is a new-terrain road that connects That Road on the east side of I-69 to Rockport Road.

Since That Road on the east side of I-69 will no longer connect with or align with That Road on the west side of I-69, there has been some suggestion that That Road on the west side should be renamed. Might I suggest “This Road”?