Businesses along future I-69 stretch prepare for potential impacts

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (March 30, 2016) - Now that INDOT has announced the I-69 expansion will take the route of State Road 37 from Martinsville to Indianapolis, there are concerns about what may come with it.

“Ultimately, I would like to stay there but I don’t know how that would happen from an engineering standpoint,” said David Bleke, the owner of a tire shop along State Road 37.

Bleke’s business sits along what will be the new stretch of I-69. It also sits potentially in the path of a highway exit ramp.

“There’s always someone that’s got to fall on the sword, it’s just part of it and I understand that. I’m not really excited about it but for the community, it is probably the best thing,” he said.

Bleke is one of 96 business owners and 279 homeowners, impacted by the potential construction of nine interchanges and 14 overpasses along the route.

Down the road from Bleke in Greenwood, the arrival of I69 though means money.

“I know that people want to have Fairview Road also included, I think that would be a great interchange if they will include it,” said Mayor Mark Myers (R – Greenwood).

Greenwood’s Mayor anticipates the route will bring as much cash as it will traffic to his Johnson County city.

“For Greenwood and for Johnson County I’m really excited that they’re going to continue that route because it’s going to bring more commerce and more economy into our area,” said Myers.

Bleke is now having to think big picture, “At the end of the day it always can’t be about you, it has to be about everybody and what’s best for the community so I support it,” he said.

INDOT has not chosen which intersections will be future sites of interchanges yet. It’ll be at least 2020 before construction on this stretch is even able to begin.

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