Residents of Boonville have been curious as to when the Bypass Project will be completed. We have new news regarding that.

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According to The Evansville Courier & Press, Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Tiller expects an official opening date and ribbon cutting ceremony to happen within a week.

The Boonville Bypass project began in 2015, and was supposed to open last November. However, delayed in November of 2017 due to pavement issues. You can see their statement from November below.

 

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that work on a section of the State Road 61 Boonville Bypass has been suspended until further notice. The work suspension will delay the opening of the bypass until 2018.

On Nov. 2, 2017, INDOT’s Construction team sent a letter to Force Construction officially suspending pavement work on the bypass due to pavement smoothness concerns. During the course of the project, a section of finished pavement experienced unexpected heaving, or upward movement of the pavement material. The cause of the heaving is being studied at this time.

Due to the unexpected issues, INDOT has agreed to grant Force Construction an extension of the contract time pursuant to INDOT standard specifications associated with this contract. Workers will still be able to complete work in other areas of the Boonville Bypass during the suspension.

The Boonville Bypass Project includes three roundabouts. These roundabouts are located at Eskew Road and Millersburgh Road, New Harmony Road and Eskew, and State Route 61 and New Harmony. According to INDOT,  roundabouts reduce potential accident points within an intersection and  improves traffic flow.

The Boonville Bypass, also known as Indiana 61 North, is about four miles long and will will allow truck traffic to avoid downtown Boonville. This will allow for smoother commutes for truckers and other vehicles passing by the area. We will update you with information about the opening date for the Bypass as details become available.