The Big Bridges of I-69 (Section 4)

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

Final I-69 Silt and Sedimentation Complaint Letter

In my posting Highlights From Monroe County Council Meeting 2014-02-11 I mentioned that during public comment:

“Scott Wells presented a letter of complaint to four federal agencies (EPA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Highway Administration, and the US Army Corps of Engineers) that was agreed upon by the Plan Commission asking these federal agencies to address the issues of ongoing siltation and sedimentation of Monroe County waterways during the I-69 corridor construction (Section 4).”

The final draft of this letter was signed by all members of the Monroe County Plan Commission, the Monroe County Commissioners, the Monroe County Drainage Board, the Monroe County Stormwater Management Board, the Monroe County Board of Health, the Monroe County Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission, and 6 out of 7 members of the County Council.

The letter was sent in April to:

  • Indiana Governor Mike Pence
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • INDOT: I-69 Section 4 Office
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The full letter, with signatures and supporting documentation and pictures, can be found here: