INDOT sets open houses to discuss Interstate 69 land purchases

The state of Indiana plans two open houses next week for homeowners who might have to sell property because of the Interstate 69 extension.

The Indianapolis Department of Transportation said the first meeting will be Monday at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. The second will be Tuesday at Martinsville High School. Both open houses will begin at 5 p.m. and are expected to last three hours.

INDOT says it scheduled the meetings in response to questions from the public about the process since it selected State Road 37 as the route for the final section of the extension between Indianapolis and Evansville. Agency officials will be available to discuss the process of buying property and relocating homeowners and businesses.

The state estimates it may need to buy up to 279 homes and 96 businesses.

In March, INDOT announced that it would rebuild S.R. 37 between Indianapolis and Martinsville, using that 26-mile stretch of highway as part of its I-69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville.

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