Indiana University eyes opportunities along new I-69 section

Indiana University officials say the state’s newly opened section of the Interstate 69 extension will give a boost to IU’s partnerships with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.

The 27-mile section that opened last week between Crane and Bloomington means drivers can for the first time travel between Evansville and Indianapolis through Bloomington using only multilane highways. The highway now runs 94 miles between Evansville and Bloomington.

IU assistant vice president for strategic partnerships, Kirk White says the highway’s new section will boost IU’s numerous partnerships with the Crane complex and also improve travel safety for students coming from Evansville.

IU is working on launching a new $19.2 million medical campus in Evansville, and the highway means a shorter trip for students commuting to the south.