ANDERSON – Major changes will be coming later this year at the Interstate 69 exit at Pendleton.
The Indiana Department of Transportation received bids last week on three different projects in Pendleton and on College Drive in Anderson.
The three Pendleton projects had low bids in the amount of $9 million.
The scheduled work includes the construction of roundabouts at the intersection of Indiana 38 and Interstate 69.
A second project will be the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the interstate connecting trails on the east and west sides of the highway.
The third phase is a planned roundabout at Ind. 38 and Heritage Way and a change in the traffic pattern.
Mallory Duncan, public relations director for INDOT’s Greenfield District, said all the work is expected to be completed by November. A start date has not been set.
Rachel Christenson, assistant planning director for the town of Pendleton, said Friday a pre-construction meeting will take place in March or April.
“This is a unique project,” Christenson said. “The state and local partnered together to use one engineering firm and will probably use one contractor.”
Christenson said there will be lane closures for approximately two weeks during the construction period.
She explained the change in the traffic pattern at Enterprise Drive and Ind. 38.
Motorists will be able to turn right onto Enterprise Drive after exiting the interstate and turn right from Enterprise Drive to travel east into Pendleton on Ind. 38.
She said motorists wanting to return to the interstate will have to travel from Enterprise Drive east on Henderson Way to Heritage Way and back on Ind. 38 west.
Christenson said INDOT is responsible for all the costs of the interstate roundabouts. The engineer’s estimate is $6.1 million.
Pendleton will pay 20 percent of the cost for the pedestrian bridge and Heritage Way roundabout, she said.
The low bid on the pedestrian bridge is $1,027,24 and on the Heritage Way project is $1,975,944.
INDOT received bids ranging from $756,000 to $836,000 for the construction of bike lanes and pedestrian walkways on College Drive between Third and Fifth streets on the Anderson University campus.
Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. said the project has been discussed for a long time and federal funds were earmarked for the project.
He said the work should be completed in 2019.
“Anderson University is excited about getting the project done,” Broderick said. “It is for beautification of the area and safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.”
The work will include landscaping and benches.
Broderick said the city will provide 20 percent of the cost estimated at $180,000. He said Anderson University is providing $100,000 of the city’s cost.
Construction is expected to start in May and be completed by the end of August.