$4.6M, 15-Bridge Preservation Project Awarded for I-70 West of Indianapolis

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $4.6 million bridge preservation contract to American Contracting & Services for 15 structures along Interstate 70 between the Ronald Reagan/Ameriplex Parkway interchange and I-465 on the west side of Indianapolis. 

Project Update: August 8, 2017

Construction contractors plan to close the Interstate 70 East Exit 68B ramp to Ameriplex Parkway South for bridge maintenance and preservation starting Friday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. until Monday, Aug. 14 at 6 a.m.

At the same time, the left lanes of I-70 will be closed in both directions at the bridges immediately west of Ronald Reagan/Ameriplex Parkway. I-70 East and West will be reduced to two lanes that will be temporarily shifted to the right, away from the median.

The Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive (Indianapolis International Airport) ramp to I-70 East will also have one right lane closed.

Project Info

Eleven of the bridges are located at the I-70 and Ronald Reagan/Ameriplex Parkway interchange area, three bridges are located on Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive ramps to and from the Indianapolis International Airport, and one bridge is on High School Road over I-70.

The project intends to protect and extend the life of each structure by applying modified concrete overlays to the bridge decks, sealing bridge joints, and repairing various concrete bridge components.

Traffic will be maintained as much as possible during the project. Some bridges will remain open to traffic with overnight and weekend lane closures as work is performed one-half at a time. 

Some bridges require full closures of ramps that will be scheduled during overnight hours and weekends, when traffic volumes are lower. Planned closures include:

  • Eastbound I-70 and Ronald Reagan/Ameriplex Parkway ramp to Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive (Indianapolis International Airport)
  • Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive (Indianapolis International Airport) ramp to westbound I-70
  • Ronald Reagan Parkway ramp to westbound I-70
  • Eastbound I-70 ramp to northbound Ronald Reagan Parkway
  • Westbound I-70 ramp to southbound Ameriplex Parkway
  • Eastbound I-70 ramp to southbound Ameriplex Parkway
  • High School Road over I-70

Specific dates, traffic restrictions, and detours for closures will be announced in advance and communicated to motorists via posted and electronic message signs. No closures will be scheduled during holiday weekends.

Construction is began in May, and all work on the contract is expected to be complete by November.

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