Timelapse video shows progress on South Split project

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation released video Friday showing progress on the South Split project.

In the video, Milestone Contractors removes pavement, installs new drainage, stabilizes the roadbed soil, compacts the stone base and paves the new asphalt base and continuously reinforced concrete pavement. The project involved multiple crews.

INDOT said the project is currently ahead of schedule to reopen I-65 and I-70. The agency said the project would last 59 days, though contractors can earn incentives of $60,000 per day by meeting or beating the deadline.

Contractors will start replacing two steel beams on the Virginia Avenue bridges next week. That phase of the project will include restrictions on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which follows the south side of Virginia Avenue across the bridges over the interstate. The sidewalk on the north side of the street will be closed and detoured to the south side.

INDOT said replacing both beams at the same time will minimize the inconvenience for those who use the trail.

The beams need to be replaced due to damage sustained from the impacts of several oversize loads. A February crash broke the beam in two locations, necessitating a weekend interstate closure so crews could make emergency repairs.

Purdue University will examine the old beams as part of the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP). The university is working with INDOT to analyze the project and track its process.

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