New Timeline for Completion of S.R. 641 Bypass

By Kyle Inskeep

Published 02/18 2014 06:30PM

Updated 02/18 2014 10:19PM

Its been a long time coming for the 641 Bypass in Vigo County.

"I used to work where Rose Hulman Ventures is back in the 80s and they were talking about it coming then," Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said. 

"It seems like this has been going on for years. I'll be retired before they get it done," Mike Metcalf of Sullivan said.

"I know people around here are tired of hearing "yes it's going to open this year,"" Debbie Calder, INDOT spokesperson said. 

Construction on the six-mile link between US-41 and I-70 has been stop and go for more than a decade.

"The first project I believe let in 2003," Calder said. 

Seven years later, crews finished two of the four phases of the project.

The two-mile southern stretch of the bypass runs from US-41 to near McDaniel Road.

It saves drivers like Mike Metcalf precious time.

"It probably saves me 7-10 minutes a day, each way. So you're talking 20 minutes a day."

Work on phases three and four was set to begin in 2012, but that mark has been pushed back time and time again.

"Construction on both phases should begin around April of this year so people should see some action on both phases 3 and 4 over the next few years," Calder said.

Crews discovered miles of stream beds and wetlands here along Riley Road forcing INDOT to re-route part of phases three and four, ultimately pushing back the project's completion date.

"Right now we're looking at the fall of 2016," Calder said.

Close to two years after the project was initially slated to open.

"For a project of this size it probably shouldn't have taken this long, but we're working through those issues and hurdles and preceding forward with construction," Calder said.

A wait many say is worth it.

"They got half of it done, we just need to get the other half done. I really think it will benefit the community," Bennett said.

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