Indianapolis, IN (March 10, 2015) – Drivers who use I-65 on the south side of Indianapolis will want to watch for new construction work beginning early Monday morning.
Governor Mike Pence helped to lead a symbolic groundbreaking for the next phase of “Major Moves 2020” Tuesday morning.
“Roads mean jobs,” Governor Pence said. “And I don’t just mean the jobs of people that build roads.”
The $35 million project starting at 12:00am Monday morning will add a fourth lane in both directions of I-65 between Southport Road and the Greenwood Main Street exit. Contractors will also resurface the roadway. The work is expected to last until November.
“We will continue to have three lanes open at all times,” said Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson Harry Maginity. “But the traffic configuration is going to change depending on where they’re working.”
The changing configurations will mean shifting lanes. At some times, drivers will cross over the center median.
“Northbound will go to southbound lanes and southbound will go to northbound lanes, leaving one lane open so that you have access to the ramps,” Maginity said.
The added lane between Southport Road and the Greenwood exit is intended to ease congestion which has increased as more people travel from the south side to Indianapolis. About 80,000 vehicles use that stretch of interstate every day.
“It’s just become more and more congested, so the additional lanes are will be a real plus for the area,” said south side real estate agent, Doug Zobel.
Lawrence Jones, who is a delivery driver for Coca-Cola is also looking forward to less congestion in the area.
“We keep a tight schedule, we have to be at a place at a certain time,” Jones said. “And yeah, it’s much needed.”
South side drivers will also notice temporary ramps constructed at the County Line Road exit. The temporary ramps will make room for the added lane being built. A new stop light on County Line Road will also be installed to control traffic flow on and off the interstate.
The work is just part of a larger overhaul of I-65, which will also include adding a third lane of I-65 from the Greenwood exit down to State Road 44 near Franklin. Other work will include widening I-65 in the Lafayette area from State Road 38 to State Road 25.
“Drivers should just be aware that if they’re going to be on I-65 this summer, they’re likely to encounter one project or another,” said INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield.