INDOT updates timelines on major construction projects

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FISHERS, Ind.– The Indiana Department of Transportation told Fox 59 News this week that some of the largest projects in central Indiana are on schedule at this point.

For commuters traveling near the I-69 interchange project near 116th Street and State Road 37 in Fishers, that is particularly good news.  At the end of 2012, the project was behind.

“The contractor at the interchange improvement project was to have the northbound improvements in place last fall. That just didn’t happen. The contractor didn’t get the work done in time,” said INDOT spokesperson Nathan Riggs.  “They were able to just open that up, the northbound. So that was delayed somewhat, but now those improvements are in place and they’re working on the southbound side.  The southbound side is right on track to be completed this fall.”

Another project is coming up soon.

On September 3, the interstates in downtown Indianapolis between the north and south splits will close entirely.  The project will lower the pavement underneath the overpasses in order to increase the clearance height and avoid truck collisions, which have been happening more frequently in recent years.

The winning contractor’s bid pegs the cost at $12.4 million.  INDOT said the contractor bid to have the work done in 59 days, more than one month shorter than the original request of 90 days.

Plus, INDOT said the City-County Council approved a noise restriction waiver to allow for work to continue around the clock.

“The contractor is really responsible for controlling their schedule.  They do have the opportunity to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But of course that’s up to the contractor,” Riggs said.  “With a $60,000 per day incentive [for finishing early], I would imagine the contractor will get the work done as quickly as possible.”