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[INDOT - East Central] Open House Planned July 11 for I-65/I-70 South Split Closure
Start Date: 7/11/2013Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 7/11/2013End Time: 7:00 PM
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Open House Planned July 11 for I-65/I-70 South Split Closure

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting an open house to provide information about an accelerated project to close Interstate 65 and I-70 downtown for up to 90 days this fall in order to reconstruct and lower pavement under seven lower-clearance bridges.

 

The open house will be held Thursday, July 11 at the Indiana Convention Center (100 South Capitol Avenue) in Room 235 (located on the second floor of Hoosier Hall and accessible from the Capitol Avenue entrance across from Georgia Street). Two brief formal presentations at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. will be followed with informal open house sessions. Project displays and information will be available for review during the open house, with project officials available to answer questions one-on-one.

 

Items to be discussed include:

  • Need for the project – The project is necessary to increase bridge clearances because unpermitted and off-route trucks with oversize loads repeatedly strike these bridges, posing a safety concern.
  • Scope of the project – The project will close I-65 and I-70 between the north and south splits to allow for accelerated reconstruction and lowering of pavement under seven bridges.
  • Project schedule – INDOT will accept bids for the South Split project in early August and the highway will be closed by late August. The rebuilt section of highway is expected to be open to traffic by the end of November.
  • Contract bidding – INDOT will use an innovative bidding technique and contract incentives to expedite the South Split project. Similar techniques reduced closure days for the Allisonville Road Bridge over I-465 and other projects around the state. 
  • Detour – The official detour for through interstate traffic will use I-465 around the west and south sides of Indianapolis. 
  • Downtown ramp access – Maps detailing entrance and exit ramp access downtown will be available for viewing, and the project team will be available to answer questions.
  • Traffic mitigation – INDOT and the City of Indianapolis are partnering to maintain traffic flow and access to downtown businesses, neighborhoods, and cultural districts.

 

More information on the South Split project can be found at http://southsplit.in.gov. Residents, businesses and commuters are encouraged to visit the website and subscribe to receive project email updates. Regular updates will also be available by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter and on Facebook at Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central.

 

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