Drivers should expect changes when south split project begins Sept. 3

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INDIANAPOLIS – It won’t be long until Indianapolis’ construction project on the south split begins.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said the closure of I-65/I-70 between the north and south split will start on  at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The closure is expected to last 59 days. As a result, drivers around Indianapolis will have to deal with several changes.

INDOT is closing the interstate corridor in response to a rash of incidents in which trucks have hit overpasses. The project will increase bridge clearance by lowering the pavement over a one-mile stretch affecting seven bridges.

The effects of the project will certainly be noticeable in downtown Indianapolis.

Street parking on Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania, College and New York streets will be temporarily restricted to free up lanes for traffic. Some restrictions will be time-based; others will prohibit parking entirely.

Part of New York Street will be temporarily opened to traffic; the street will be restriped to accommodate an additional travel lane. Lane restrictions on New York between Delaware and Pine streets will start Monday, Aug. 26. The restriping project should wrap up by the time the I-65/I-70 project begins.

The Pine Street entrance ramp to I-70 and one interstate lane adjacent to the ramp will have overnight restrictions that start on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those will be in place so contractors can build a temporary ramp configuration ahead of the Sept. 3 interstate project.

On Labor Day (Sept. 2), contractors will restrict lanes on city streets to modify signs directing drivers to interstate ramps that will be open during the project. Lane restrictions will also be in place near the north and south splits as crews prepare to shut down the corridor after midnight.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will be re-routed across Virginia Street at the I-65 overpass. The trail will stay open, but pedestrians will be directed to the north side of the street while beams are replaced on the bridges. Contractors expect that work to last about a week; it starts in early October.

Traffic signals will be monitored and adjusted, INDOT said. Drivers should expect to make adjustments throughout the early phases of the project as new traffic patterns emerge, and INDOT advises drivers to test out several route options before construction begins.

For more about the project, visit INDOT’s website about the South Split Project.

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