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Businesses are making way for I-69 in Morgan and Johnson counties

Some have been there years
Posted at 9:59 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 21:59:33-04

Two businesses are closing their doors for good ahead of the I-69 Finish Line Project after the state acquired their land through eminent domain.

The project will include more than 26-miles of new interstate highway. It is designed to increase efficiency and create a more direct route between Indianapolis and the southwest part of the state, but it is having a major impact on some home and business owners in it's path.

The owners of Plaster Shak in Greenwood say they have until the end of the month to move out.
They're a family-owned business that has been in the area for about 40-years.

Just down the road, the owners of The Knuckle Sandwich are going through the same thing. They have recently closed in preparation for the project and are now working to move out of the building. The owner tells us they are also still waiting on their money from the state for this land.

When the project is complete travel time between Martinsville and Indianapolis will likely be reduced by 11 minutes, according to INDOT.

"From Martinsville to Indianapolis we're getting there 11 minutes faster, it's not that big of a deal for what it's doing, the businesses and houses and homes that its taking out," said Brent Plunkett, owner of The Knuckle Sandwich.

Both he and the owner of Plaster Shak say they would eventually like to reopen in a new location but that likely won't happen for some time.

You can find more information on the I-69 Finish Line project here: https://i69finishline.com/ .