Temporary closures to begin next week for north east side bridge repair
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Contractors will begin repairs next week on a bridge beam damaged from an accident back in late April at the eastbound ramp to I-69.
In that incident, a truck hauling an excavator collided with the underside of the I-465 bridge over northbound I-69/Binford Boulevard, damaging a steel beam.
Bridge inspectors and engineers deemed afterwards that the interstate was still safe for travel, but that repairs to the beam would need to be done.
Repairs, at the cost of nearly $350,000, will start Tuesday, October 18th, and last thru the early part of November.
During that time the following work and traffic restrictions will be in place:
Crews will heat damaged steel to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit to straighten deflections and drill holes through the beam to bolt on reinforcing splice plates.
Work will require temporary, recurring closures of the eastbound I-465 Exit 37 loop ramp to northbound I-69 starting on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Ramp closures are scheduled to repeat on the following schedule through early November:
- Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Friday from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday
- Saturday from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday
At the same times, northbound Binford Boulevard may be reduced to one lane with a 45 mph work zone speed limit when workers are present. The right shoulder of eastbound I-465 will be closed at the bridge, and the I-465 speed limit will remain 55 mph.
During ramp closures, overhead and portable message signs will alert motorists and direct interstate traffic to continue southbound on I-465 and use the 56th Street (Exit 40) interchange to return northbound on I-465 to access northbound I-69 (Exit 37). Drivers with local destinations should seek their best alternate route.