The Indiana Department of Transportation promises the I-69 Finish Line Project will finish a year earlier than expected.
The project, which began in 2019, is the sixth and final section of the I-69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis.
The entire project is now expected to finish a year earlier, in 2024, that speed comes at a price: a five mile stretch between State Road 39 and Morgan Street will be shut down in order to expedite construction efforts.
There will be no north-south accessibility on State Road 37 once the closure is in place. There will be however be some east-west connectivity that will cross State Road 37 to help people get to Martinsville.
That closure will begin this coming Saturday, Jan. 2, and will last until late 2021.
The official detour for the closure in Martinsville will follow State Road 39 to State Road 67 and to State Road 144.
For more information about the closure and to plan your route, head to i69finishline.com.
Cassidy Mull, a senior at Jennings County High School, is the 2021 Lilly Endowment, Inc. Community Scholar for Jennings County. Cassidy is the daughter of Matthew and Lori Mull of North Vernon.
Mull receives a four-year, full-tuition scholarship at an Indiana college or university and a $900 stipend for books and equipment. She said, “I’m speechless and in total shock receiving this scholarship. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m forever grateful to the Community Foundation and Lilly Endowment Scholarship Program.”
Cassidy has been active in many school activities including Volleyball, Student Council, Key Club, and Spanish Club. She is ranked number two in her graduating class. She has also participated in community involvement programs like the Harmon Food Drive and the United Way.
Since its inception in 1998, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has awarded a total of 4,912 students with full-tuition scholarships valued at $424 million.
Governor Eric Holcomb has extended the application period for the Indiana Small Business Restart Grant program. Holcomb’s office says Hoosier small businesses in all 92 counties can apply for recovery funding through January 22nd.
Eligible businesses can now apply for reimbursement of up to 80% of qualified business expenses that incurred between March through December 2020.
According to Holcomb’s office, eligible businesses must apply by January 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
For more info on these applications visit insideindianabusiness.com.
On Monday, CVS Health will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to nearly a thousand long-term care facilities in Indiana.
Aspen Trace Family-first Senior Living Facility in Bargersville will have 200 people vaccinated, including 100 residents and staff.
Gregg Gormal is the chief operating officer of CarDon and Associates, which operates eight long-term care facilities in central Indiana and 20 across the state.
He says Aspen Trace is one of three CarDon communities beginning vaccinations Monday. 95% of residents have committed to get their first Moderna dose. That’s compared to a 50% commitment a few weeks ago.
Gormal also says the vaccination rollout will continue to the other CarDon communities by mid January.
City of Columbus maintenance crews began picking up residential Christmas trees on Monday.
Trees will be collected on your regular trash day through late January.
Authorities say that call-ins will not be accepted and collections will not be made on private streets.
To be eligible for Christmas tree pickup, Columbus officials say all “recently live” trees need to be placed curbside, must be completely free of ornaments, hooks, stands, or nails, and should not be placed in bags.