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Construction Underway on Fulton and Lloyd Interchange

New Interchange will be Gateway to Downtown Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, together with Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, Vanderburgh County Commissioners and INDOT District Deputy Commissioner Sam Sarvis, broke ground on the new Fulton Avenue and Lloyd Expressway Interchange. Once complete, this $32.4 million Major Moves construction project will improve the flow of traffic on both the Lloyd Expressway and Fulton Avenue.

Walsh Construction, Inc., of LaPorte, Indiana was the successful bidder for the construction of the new interchange during the March 5, 2008 letting. The contractor will build a Tight Diamond Urban Interchange at this location. It took officials with INDOT and the City of Evansville several months to determine which type of interchange to construct due to many inhibitors involved in the project. Physical limitations such as the existing Pigeon Creek and First Avenue bridge structures on each end of the project, levee walls, utilities and businesses on both sides of the highway were just a few of the challenges designers and project officials faced.

Lieutenant Governor Skillman stated, Thanks to Major Moves, Evansville residents are finally able to see this project get off the ground. The new interchange will aid in the safety and mobility of commuters, while serving as the city's planned Gateway to Downtown Evansville.

Once the interchange is constructed, SR 62/Lloyd Expressway motorists will travel over existing Fulton Avenue. A westbound off-ramp from SR 62 (Lloyd) to Fulton Avenue will be constructed which will cause the existing Mary Street on-ramp to be permanently closed. Frontage roads will be utilized on each side of SR 62 (Lloyd) between Fulton and First Avenues. Standard on and off ramps will be constructed west of the intersection coming from the Pigeon Creek bridge. Construction of the interchange is estimated to last through October 2010.

Governor Daniels Major Moves program full funds a decade of critical highway projects in Indiana. When Major Moves is complete in 2015, more than 200 new construction and 200 major highway preservation projects will have been built. Major Moves capitalizes on Indiana's strategic location at the Crossroads of America by building a superior road infrastructure. This innovative plan will bring jobs to the Hoosier State and leave a legacy for Indiana to be a global leader in distribution and logistics.

Major Moves has been a top legislative priority of The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana because of the enormous impact on projects such as the Fulton and Lloyd Interchange and the construction of I-69.

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Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, Mayor Weinzapfel and fellow elected officials break ground on the Fulton Avenue and Lloyd Expressway Interchange on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

Vice President of Public Policy, Steve Schaefer, and Lieutenant Governor Skillman pose for a photo at the groundbreaking.  

 

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