I-69 Construction comes to an end

Interstate 69’s construction has caused headaches for residents of Bloomington and Indiana University students for four years. The ordeal is not yet over, but it soon will be. It just will not be over in time for the college’s graduation ceremonies. Parents and families attending graduation ceremonies will experience traffic headaches. However, the new road going past Bloomington, the home of IU University, should be completed by the end of this summer.

Although the commencement ceremonies take place in May, the Indiana Department of Transportation’s construction project is slated to end on August 31. The current project began four years ago. INDOT wanted to turn a portion of what was Indiana 37 into an extra 20 miles of Interstate 69. The project ran into a brief snag a few years ago when the plans for the new route came dangerously close to a nudist colony.

Fern Hills, a privately owned nudist colony, sits next to the route, according to News Talk Radio 1280. The concerns about the road’s proposed course surfaced in 2012. The state and the colony reached an agreement. No motorists need fear that they be exposed to nudists while they wonder on the property naked, and the nudists no longer need to worry about the road threatening their privacy.

The route goes near but not through the city of Bloomington. The southern Indiana City frequently finds itself at odds with the state capital over improving its roadways. Residents and students often complain about the congested traffic lanes at peak travel times.

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