The 641 bypass construction project has been going on since 2005, but now, it’s finally about to wrap up.
It’s been eleven years for this $150 million dollar project.
Crews are working hard to complete the last two phases of the project by the end of mid-December.
Phase three comes in at $25.2 million.
Phase four registers at $46.8 million.
It’s not just the bypass in Terre Haute that is wrapping up, but other projects across the Valley are slated to see those orange cones disappear.
Driving State Road 641 through all the construction isn’t always the highlight of your commute to work, especially if you’re running late.
But you know that they say, good things come to those who wait.
“We are anticipating opening the bypass and our contractors on both of the last two sections are doing everything that they can to wrap things up and get things finished so we can get that open by hopefully the middle of December,” says Debbie Calder, INDOT communications director.
The project has been underway for years, but INDOT sees exciting things on the horizon.
“It’ll be a great opportunity for economic growth for the area so it’ll be exciting what that bypass and opening does for the area,” says Calder.
The same goes for residents in the Brazil area, with the Highway 40 construction.
Two years later and $19.8 million dollars invested into the community, the wait is finally over.
“The summer has been kinda slow, but it’s usually slow for bars,” says Matthew A. Pflueger, owner at Circle B. Saloon. “And during the summer time. But we’re getting to that point in the year where our business is starting to pick up. So we’re happy to see the progress that’s being made with the Highway 40 project, and we have a band this weekend. This Saturday, the 19th, it’s the band Addiction, and we’re hoping for the sidewalks to be done.”
In Brazil, crews are installing light poles, putting the finishing touches on sidewalks, and laying the top layer of asphalt.
Drivers in the Brazil area should note that the lanes will switch from the left side of the street to the right side.
Meanwhile in Terre Haute, drivers should continue to follow driving restrictions, as construction still has about another month to go,