[r85] The signs-they are a-changin' (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM

The Signs - they are a- Changin’

If you suddenly begin noticing on your daily commute to and from work digits on I-69 miles markers and exit signs drastically changing, you are not alone.
The I-69 extension will directly link Evansville and Indianapolis.  The extension requires updating existing mile markers and exit designations in northern Indiana. Federal requirements dictate that all existing I-69 mile markers and exits must be assigned new numbers reflecting the additional roadway distance within Indiana.

The expansion of I-69 from Indianapolis to Evansville adds approximately 200 miles to the interstate and mile marker zero will be down on the Ohio River.  This means that numbers from Indianapolis to the Michigan border will increase by 200.  For example, mile marker 86 will now become mile marker 286.  Markers on 469 will not change because they measure miles only on 469from the GM plant east and north where it again joinsI-69 at Dupont road.
By this fall, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans to have all mile markers replaced and exit signs renumbered.
Exit signs will be updated to display both the new number and old number.  This dual signage of exits will be in place for up to five years, which will allow motorists and businesses time to adapt to the new numbers.

A portion of the interstate expansion is expected to open later this year, with the expansion to be fully completed by 2014.
Then the citizens in Southwestern Indiana will soon enjoy the expedited journey that we, in northeastern Indiana have enjoyed since I-69 was built, connecting us to Indianapolis in a safe, time saving way.  Businesses are bound to be attracted to this new highway as they have been along I-69 from Indianapolis to Michigan.
You can learn more about the I-69 extension at www.i69indyeven.org