The time has FINALLY come for the Boonville Bypass to officially open!

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According to our media partners, Eyewitness News, The Boonville Bypass will open up next week. The Indiana Department of Transportation will be holding a ribbon-cutting event for the Boonville Bypass on  Friday, August 17 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the intersection of SR 62 and the Boonville Bypass, also known as Indiana 61 North.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, people are invited to be the first to drive on the new bypass.

In the event that there is some bad weather that day,  the event will be moved to Thresherman’s Park at 2144 W. New Harmony Rd. in Boonville.

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 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.