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I-69, Evansville to Crane

WSP USA was engaged by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to design a 55-mile (86-kilometer) new segment of I-69 for completion in 2015. Realizing that the long-awaited stretch of highway could spark economic development, Indiana’s governor challenged INDOT and WSP to finish the project three years earlier than scheduled. The firm was able to accomplish the task and the highway opened on November 19, 2012. Even with the accelerated schedule, the project came in under INDOT’s program budget, while meeting all of the agency’s requirements.


Before the I-69 segment was completed, there were no direct routes in Indiana to handle major truck traffic from the northeastern US to the southwestern states. The new roadway greatly improves access for goods and services between the state’s economic hubs, Indianapolis and Evansville, and facilitates the movement of goods through Indiana. The project also is expected to increase interest in industrial development along the corridor, providing significant job opportunities in a relatively economically depressed area.

WSP spearheaded a design effort that encompassed 90 bridges and 270 small structures. Innovative fast-track project delivery was achieved by letting a combination of separate contracts, using either design-build or design-bid-build techniques. Risk management of budget and schedule were also a critical part of our work, as many processes that are generally completed sequentially were instead completed concurrently to meet the aggressive schedule.

The project received a national recognition award from the American Council of Engineering Companies as part of the organization’s 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards and a 2013 Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana.