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Operation Indy Commute is a new initiative by INDOT to strategically open up recurring commuting bottlenecks at the I-465 and I-65 interchange on the city’s south side, and on I-69 in Marion and Hamilton counties between the I-465 interchange and 116th Street/S.R. 37 exits
Prior transportation planning and programming efforts have assumed that urban commuting bottlenecks cannot be fixed without massive widening and reconfiguration of urban highway corridors. These projects typically require time-consuming planning, design and environmental studies, followed by more than $100 million in construction spread across several years.
While the Indianapolis metropolitan area does not see the same level of congestion as many other major U.S. cities, traffic studies confirmed that some of the area’s worst commuting bottlenecks were not within the limits of major corridor construction projects currently being developed. Operation Indy Commute is modeled after successful, quick-turnaround traffic flow improvements built in other states under the Federal Highway Administration’s Localized Bottleneck Reduction Program.
Not all commuter routes are state highways, as INDOT only maintains numbered interstates, U.S. highways and state routes. With some small exceptions, the only remaining state highways inside the I-465 loop are I-65 and I-70. Operation Indy Commute complements highway widening and reconstruction projects funded under former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Major Moves highway construction program. Major Moves projects on state highways frequented by commuters are listed below.