Operation Indy Commute
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.
What about my Indy Commute?
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.
- I-70 east of Indianapolis between Post Road and State Road 9 in Greenfield is being widened and/or rebuilt in phases. When completed, I-70 will be three lanes in each direction between Post Road and Mt. Comfort Road, and will remain two lanes in each direction between Mt. Comfort and S.R. 9. In Hancock County, recent interchange improvements will improve traffic for Mt. Comfort Road entering and exiting I-70.
- I-70 near I-465 on the city’s west side was improved as part of Accelerate 465 construction. Newly rebuilt ramps connect I-465 with recent I-70 widening near Indianapolis International Airport.
- The I-74/Crawfordsville Road and Sam Jones Expressway interchanges have been reconfigured, in addition to I-70, as a part of Accelerate 465 on the city’s west side. Newly designed ramps removed tight merges and bottlenecks that lead to crashes and congestion.
- I-65 northwest of Indianapolis is being widened to three lanes in each direction between I-865 and Lebanon.
- The 13 miles of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County is being upgraded in phases to interstate standards from I-465 to State Road 38 through Carmel and Westfield. Initial construction phases have built interchanges at S.R. 38, Keystone Parkway, and 146th Street. Work to upgrade U.S. 31 between 146th Street and 169th Street will begin in 2013.
- Operation Indy Commute - I-465 & I-65 South
- Operation Indy Commute - I-69
- News Release: 'Operation Indy Commute' Launched for I-69, I-65 (December 2010)
- I-69 Traffic Statistics
- Federal Highway Administration Primer on Recurring Traffic Bottlenecks
- Federal Highway Administration’s Localized Bottleneck Reduction Program
- INDOT Traffic Noise Policy