Navigating the South Split

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Drivers headed downtown this weekend—including those heading to Lucas Oil Stadium for the Colts’ first home game of the regular season—are reminded that Interstates 65 and 70 between the north and south splits closed for 59 days on Sept. 3. In order to make visiting downtown as easy as possible, motorists should be informed and plan ahead for both inbound and outbound commutes.

While I-65/I-70 is closed between the north and south splits, downtown Indianapolis remains open. Only three downtown entrance and exit ramps are closed:

  • I-65/I-70 at Washington Street
  • Calvary/McCarty Street entering northbound I-65 and eastbound I-70
  • Southbound I-65 and westbound I-70 exit to East Street

For maps and directions to Lucas Oil Stadium that will avoid the downtown I-65/I-70 closure, go to http://www.lucasoilstadium.com/maps-and-directions.aspx.

  • Southbound I-65 and westbound I-70 access to the Michigan St., Ohio St. and Fletcher Ave. ramp system remains open. Motorists using I-65 Exit 111 and I-70 Exit 83A are encouraged to use all ramps in the system to improve traffic flow and avoid backups to Fletcher Ave. Large trucks should follow the official I-465 detour around the south side of Indianapolis unless headed to a local destination.

For information from the city and the Indianapolis Colts on how game day traffic will be routed to exit downtown, go to http://www.colts.com/stadium/trafficinfo.html.

  • The eastbound I-70 ramp to southbound I-65 is shifted to a temporary configuration requiring a 30 MPH speed limit for approximately two weeks.
  • The Pine St. ramp from New York St. and Ohio St. has two lanes open to both northbound I-65 and eastbound I-70.

Motorists, residents and businesses are encouraged to visit www.SouthSplit.in.gov to learn details of the project and sign up for email updates using the red GovDelivery envelope icon. Updates will also be provided on the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral and #SouthSplit.

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