After four years of work, Indiana is ready to open the first 67 miles of the Interstate 69 extension slated to eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis.
Gov. Mitch Daniels will join Lt. Gov.-elect Sue Ellspermann, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other officials for Monday morning's ribbon-cutting opening the highway's lanes to traffic at the State Road 68 interchange near Evansville.
Daniels will then lead a caravan to a celebration near Washington and then onto the U.S. 231 interchange, where the highway currently ends near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center about halfway to Indianapolis. I-69 is planned to eventually run 142 miles to Indianapolis.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says the project's first 67 miles cost just under $900 million, about 25 percent under cost estimates.