Work is expected to continue throughout the year by United Consulting and Certified Engineering, according to INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield.
"Surveying crews will be locating features such as buildings, trees, fences, driveways, utilities and property corners along the proposed corridor of the project. Property owners will be notified, and this work will take place in accordance with Indiana code," Winfield said.
The INDOT spokesman said this work is just another the preliminary phase of the I-69 project.
"There is a lot of ground to cover. It is all of Section 3 between Washington and just north of Crane," he said. "We're mapping out all of the physical features of the area and the benefit of that is it allows us to design a road where we don't have to cut a lot of hills off and also impact as few of homes and businesses as possible.
"It's a way for us to design a road that not only fits the criteria that we are looking for, but for an interstate highway. Also, to have as little impact on the surrounding area as we can."
Wingfield said it's too early to determine a ground-breaking date for this section of the highway.
"A lot of that will depend on what we find in the environmental impact study and also completing the right of ways acquisition," he told the Greene County Daily World in a telephone interview on Friday. "So, we are still pretty early in the process right now, but we are moving quickly."
Wingfield said the actual right of way acquisition has not yet begun.
After the survey is done, then engineers will begin the task of actually designing the road, he said.
"When the design plans are about 30 percent complete, then we can begin purchasing right of way because then we'll have a real idea of where the road will be. We don't know that for certain. We have kind of identified the corridor, but we don't know it if fine or great detail," he explained.
This project is part of Gov. Mitch Daniels' Major Moves highway construction program.
In March 2006, the Indiana General Assembly passed landmark funding legislation to significantly upgrade the state's highways.
In southern Indiana, paralleling existing routes, Interstate 69 will follow Indiana 57 from Interstate 64 north to Washington, then turn northeast via a new terrain route to meet Indiana 37 south of Bloomington. After passing through Bloomington, Interstate 69 will follow Indiana 37 north to the Interstate 465 beltway.
I-69 today connects Indianapolis with the Canadian border at Port Huron, Mich./Sarnia, Ontario.
While it only passes through two states now, it is an important link between the lower Midwest and the most populous provinces of Canada.
The proposed I-69 extension will connect three different border crossings in Texas (Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville) to I-465 in Indianapolis; from there, traffic will continue over the existing I-69 and other freeways (such as U.S. 127 (possible future I-73) and U.S. 24) to border crossings in Detroit, Port Huron or Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Approximately 1,600 miles of freeway will be added to existing I-69 when it is complete.