INDOT to close south split for months

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is holding a public meeting Thursday to spread the word about the upcoming months-long closure of the I-65 and I-70 south split.

Several oversized trucks struck overpass bridges in the area recently, causing public safety concerns that need to be addressed, INDOT said.

“What we’re trying to do is lower the pavement underneath these bridges to raise the clearances of these bridges to preclude these strikes as much as possible,” said INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs.

Rather than closing one lane at a time, which Riggs said would have created “unacceptable” queues, the south split will shut down to all traffic from late August until late November.  Contractor bidding opens in early August.

A detour will involved the west and south portions of I-465.

Commuters are getting ready for the inconvenience.

“Traffic downtown is bad enough around rush hour anyway,” said downtown resident James Waanders.  “Putting it all on the back streets will just make it worse.”

“Trucks were hitting the overpass, so [it] definitely didn’t sound like a safe situation,” commuter Angie Hughes said.  “I think it’ll be a benefit to the city.”

Thursday’s public meeting comes in two installments, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Each time slot features a formal presentation and an informal open house.  The public can join the INDOT officials at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., in room 139.

More information can be found online at http://southsplit.in.gov.