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Ground broken for Boonville Bypass

Officials have broken ground on the long-awaited Boonville Bypass. 

Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann was among the dignitaries that formally launched the bypass project Thursday.

In a news release, Ellspermann says getting the bypass underway is thanks to – quote -- “cooperative efforts of state and local officials.”

Earth moving, clearing, and utility work began in July.

The $17 million bypass will reroute State Road 61 to the west of Downtown Boonville, from New Harmony Road to the intersection of state roads 261 and 62.

Alcoa donated 35 acres for the project, which is designed to remove heavy trucks from the town square and increase safety.

INDOT says the Boonville Bypass -- which has been talked about for decades -- should open to the motoring public by the end of 2017.