BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Indiana motorists might not know the exact route of Interstate 69 between Martinsville and Indianapolis for another three years.
State transportation officials say no decision can be made until an environmental impact statement is completed. That could take two to three years.
A 2004 study of the 142-mile interstate expansion from Evansville to Indianapolis recommended that the Martinsville-to-Indianapolis segment follow the path of Ind. 37 to I-465. But 2006 legislation upended those plans by preventing I-69 from passing through Perry Township in Marion County.
The highway extension has been done in sections. A 67-mile stretch opened in 2012 from Evansville to the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Construction is underway on a 27-mile section between Bloomington and Crane, and a fifth section is expected to open in 2016.