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[INDOT - East Central] Operation Indy Commute I-65 Traffic Shift (Marion County)
Start Date: 11/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/8/2013End Time: Midnight
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Traffic Shifting for Operation Indy Commute I-65


INDIANAPOLIS – Walsh Construction Co. plans to shift traffic this week on I-65 between the south side I-465 interchange and Southport Road. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractor will shift three lanes of northbound and southbound I-65 toward the median to make room for installation of temporary concrete barrier wall and construction of auxiliary lanes connecting I-465 and Southport Road ramps.


On Thursday night, southbound I-65 will have alternating lane restrictions as contractors shift traffic. Northbound I-65 traffic lanes are scheduled to be shifted on Saturday. Overnight lane restrictions will begin after 9 p.m. and are expected to end by 6 a.m. The work is dependent on favorable weather conditions and could be postponed if forecasts are inclement.


Widening for auxiliary lanes on I-465 connecting I-65 and Emerson Avenue ramps is expected to begin in 2014 and will require reconstruction of the Sherman Drive bridge. Walsh plans to close the bridge on Dec. 2. Sherman Drive traffic will be detoured to Carson Avenue over I-465. The bridge is expected to reopen by September 2014.


During construction, three lanes will be maintained in each direction on both I-65 and I-465 during peak traffic times. Traffic will be maintained on the existing I-65 and I-465 ramps until improvements are complete. The contract allows for closure of up to 7 days on the westbound Southport Road entrance ramp to northbound I-65 to enhance worker and motorist safety as the ramp is connected to a new auxiliary lane to I-465.


Operation Indy Commute I-65 improvements expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2014:

  • Additional traffic lanes will be added to both directions of I-65 between Southport Road and I-465.
  • Additional traffic lanes will be added to both directions of I-465 between I-65 and Emerson Avenue.
  • A new two-lane flyover will replace the westbound I-465 loop ramp to southbound I-65.
  • The northbound I-65 ramp to eastbound I-465 will be widened to two lanes.
  • The existing I-465 ramp to southbound I-65 will be reconstructed on a new alignment.
  • Widening I-465 will require closure and replacement of the Sherman Drive bridge.


Motorists, businesses and residents are encouraged to learn more about the Operation Indy Commute I-65 project at Subscribe to project email updates by clicking the red GovDelivery envelope icon found on any INDOT web page. Updates will also be provided on the Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central Facebook page and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral.

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