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[INDOT - East Central] Sherman Drive Bridge Over I-465 Closed
Start Date: 12/2/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/5/2013End Time: Midnight
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Sherman Drive Bridge Over I-465 Closes Today

Removal Requires Interstate Restrictions This Week

INDIANAPOLIS – Operation Indy Commute I-65 project contractors closed the south side Sherman Drive bridge over I-465 today at 9 a.m.

 

The bridge is expected to remain closed until next September as Walsh Construction Company rebuilds and lengthens the structure to accommodate auxiliary lanes on I-465 connecting I-65 and Emerson Avenue ramps. The official detour for the closure follows Hannah, Keystone, and Carson avenues and Thompson Road.

 

Removal of the bridge will begin immediately after closure and is estimated to take up to two weeks. During overnight hours (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.), eastbound and westbound I-465 may be restricted to one lane approaching the bridge, which is located between I-65 (Exit 53) and Emerson Avenue (Exit 52).

 

In addition to nightly alternating lane closures, rolling slowdowns and ramp closures will be required to prevent traffic under the bridge as concrete and steel are removed. The following schedule is subject to change:

  • The northbound I-65 ramp to eastbound I-465 will close tonight at 9 p.m. until Tuesday at 1 a.m.
  • The southbound I-65 ramp to eastbound I-465 will close Tuesday from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m.
  • Police will assist to intermittently slow traffic on eastbound I-465 between State Road 37/Harding Street (Exit 4) and I-65 (Exit 53) beginning Tuesday at 11 p.m. until Wednesday at 5 a.m.
  • Police will assist to intermittently slow traffic on westbound I-465 between I-74 (Exit 49) and I-65 (Exit 53) beginning Thursday at 11 p.m. until Friday at 5 a.m.

 

Walsh is currently constructing auxiliary lanes along I-65 to connect the I-465 and Southport Road interchange ramps. Both directions of I-65 have a 45 MPH work zone speed limit in effect. Walsh is also building a two-lane flyover ramp from westbound I-465 to southbound I-65 that will replace the existing single-lane loop ramp. All improvements from the $40 million project are expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2014.

 

Motorists, businesses and residents are encouraged to learn more about Operation Indy Commute I-65 improvements at www.indycommute.indot.in.gov. Subscribe to receive 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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