State highway officials have narrowed to five the possible routes of the final leg of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis Interstate 69 extension.
The Indiana Department of Transportation said Tuesday it chose the five preliminary alternatives for the highway’s Martinsville-to-Indianapolis segment after reviewing public input and evaluations of the 14 initial proposed routes.
The five routes include Indiana 37. Federal and state officials identified that state highway in 2004 as the best possible route to complete the roughly 142-mile I-69 extension between Evansville and Indianapolis.
INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says the agency will release more information late this year on the five alternatives that could include eliminating one or more of them.
An environmental document INDOT expects to publish in early 2017 will recommend one preferred route for I-69’s final segment.