Many of you continue to ask about the impact of I69 construction on MGC. The Carmichael family appreciates your questions and concern.
Construction between Martinsville and Bloomington is finally complete which is wonderful news for our customers who travel from the south. The next phase of construction is still south of us. At some point, the state of Indiana will take a section of our driving range under eminent domain, but we still don’t know when that will happen. As soon as we do, we’ll update you here. However, we don’t expect construction to significantly interfere with our business in 2019 or 2020.
In the meantime, we need your support! Our family has been involved with the golf course since Don Carmichael started caddying here when he was 10 years old. He went on to become the golf pro and superintendent. In 1969, he and sons, Ron and Sam, bought the course from the Kennedy family. Although Ron is no longer involved, Sam still owns and operates MGC with his wife, Susan, and his daughter, Julie.
Surviving I69 construction isn’t easy, but we’re determined. We love golf, and the golf course is synonymous with the Carmichael family name. If there’s anything we can do to make your experience better, please let us know. And, if you can spread the word about MGC, we would be grateful.
Below is the an update on the next phase of construction and what to expect south of the course during the 2019 golf season.
WFYI Update – March 2019
Indiana transportation officials say the next phase of I-69 construction is underway.
Workers are clearing trees and placing erosion control to build a new bridge and roadway in Martinsville.
Construction is part of I-69 Section 6 that links Martinsville to Indianapolis. The route will run along existing State Road 37.
The first step in the project will connect South St./Home Ave. near Martinsville High School to Grand Valley Blvd. and Cramertown Loop with a bridge over 37.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson Scott Manning says crews started working Monday and should be done with this phase of construction by November.
“There will not be any major traffic impacts or road closures associated with this 2019 portion of the project,” Manning says.
But future plans may include closing State Road 37 in 2021 to convert that portion of highway to interstate standards.
Manning says workers are also still finishing up I-69 section 5 through Bloomington.
“Landscaping and also some right of way fencing, most of that has been installed, but we’re finishing up that also,” he says.
Reconstruction of the State Road 45/46 bypass interchange is going out for bid in April and will be under construction after IU commencement in late May.
Manning says that project will replace the concrete and asphalt pavement on the ramp system as well as the approachments of the I-69 bridge.
He says INDOT recently completed replacing all interchange lighting with LED lights. The partial exit ramp off I-69 to South Walnut Street will not have lighting.