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How much time does I-69 save drivers?

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At a drive-time of nearly two hours, the old route is no longer necessary as I-69 just about cuts that drive-time in half. At a drive-time of nearly two hours, the old route is no longer necessary as I-69 just about cuts that drive-time in half.

Now that the stretch of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Crane is open, how much time are drivers really saving?

At a drive-time of nearly two hours, the old route is no longer necessary as I-69 just about cuts that drive-time in half.

"For the general public, it's going to be a great thing," said Leroy Barnhill of R & R Trucking. 

Leroy Barnhill is the terminal manager at R & R Trucking in Crane. He says travel time for truckers here has been cut in half, due to the opening of I-69.

"On Sunday, I had to go down to Tennessee. The exact same distance, when I-69 was closed, it took me two hours. When I came back Tuesday, it took me 59 minutes at 65 miles an hour in a semi," Barnhill said.

On Wednesday, 14 News decided to time the route between Evansville and Crane.

When we finally reached Crane, the stopwatch on our phone registered a time of just over one hour. A feat that couldn't have been accomplished without I-69.

"Normally, I would go through Bloomington and then take back roads through Japser, usually, which takes significantly longer," Jonah Katz said. 

Jonah Katz is a student at Ball State, who is back home in Evansville for Thanksgiving. He says he's relieved that he no longer has to take back roads to get there.

"With those back roads, I would end up having to go 40-50 miles an hour and having to watch my speed because of the sharp turns, the woods, and the threat of deer. But on I-69, it's just open road and you can go about 70 miles an hour," Katz said.

Planning and construction on this highway has been a long process, and some never thought they would see the finished product. But now that they have, those 14 News spoke to on Wednesday say they're very thankful.

"I'm very glad that Governor Daniels got it done," Barnhill said.

Now, some people are wanting to know how long it will take to drive from Evansville to Indy?

In looking at the map on Google, it seems it is another hour and a half from Crane to Indianapolis for a total travel time of two and a half hours from Evansville to Indianapolis. A time clipped by at least 45 minutes overall due to I-69.

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