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Nearly 5 miles of State Road 37 in Martinsville is scheduled to close between S.R. 39 and Morgan Street starting this Saturday, Jan. 2.

Expected to last most of 2021, the closure will allow crews to work faster and safer on I-69 Finish Line construction through Martinsville.

Removing live traffic from the construction zone creates a safer environment for motorists and workers.

Crews can also work faster. The full closure will allow work to be completed a full year faster than trying to maintain limited access through the work zone.

The official detour for north-south state highway traffic follows S.R. 39, S.R. 67 and S.R. 144. Long-distance traffic is encouraged to avoid the construction altogether and use alternate routes including I-65, S.R. 135 and I-70.

Several east-west roads will remain open throughout the closure to provide local access across S.R. 37. Local traffic in Morgan County is encouraged to make hands-free use of mapping apps that include real-time traffic.

What to Expect
Weather permitting, closure activity is scheduled to start with S.R. 37 southbound the morning of Saturday, Jan. 2. Law enforcement officers will direct traffic while crews change and uncover signs and install barricades. Work will continue non-stop until both directions of S.R. 37 are closed, which is anticipated to be in effect by late Saturday afternoon.

Coming into Martinsville, northbound S.R. 37 traffic will be shifted to new pavement and continue straight onto S.R. 39/Morton Avenue. The existing S.R. 37 northbound ramps at S.R. 39 will be closed for reconstruction.

Once S.R. 37 is closed to north-south traffic, Martinsville roads remaining open across the work zone will be restriped and the traffic signals will be removed.

A portion of the existing S.R. 37 pavement will be used to provide a temporary connection for S.R. 44 to S.R. 252/Hospital Drive.

During this first phase of construction, Reuben Drive will be closed west of S.R. 37 for interchange construction.