The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued Notice to Proceed for the final construction contract on I-69 Section 4, giving contractors authorization to complete construction on all 27 miles of new interstate highway between Crane and Bloomington.
A joint venture of St. Louis, Mo., area contractors Fred Weber Inc. and Kolb Grading submitted the lowest among six bids with a $109.6 million design-build proposal. The proposal will save $45 million in the construction of a challenging three-mile section in southeastern Greene County by having it open to traffic in 2015. The construction contract offers incentives of $30,000 for each day that contractors open the interstate earlier than anticipated.
As part of I-69 Section 4 in Greene and Monroe counties, INDOT is restoring or preserving 4,100 acres of wetlands, streams and forests, many of which are adjacent to Martin State Forest and other managed properties. INDOT is planting or preserving more than a million trees as part of the project’s unprecedented environmental commitments. INDOT has also preserved four priority caves that house 34,000 endangered Indiana bats.