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