March 19, 2014
Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan restrictions this week on westbound Interstate 465 through the work zone at the south side Operation Indy Commute I-65 interchange improvement project.
On Tuesday and Thursday nights, the two left lanes of westbound I-465 will be restricted between Emerson Avenue and I-65 for work on the Sherman Drive bridge center pier. This work will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and will be postponed in the event of rain.
On Wednesday night, motorists should expect alternating multi-lane restrictions on westbound I-465 and temporary restrictions on the ramp from northbound I-65 to westbound I-465. The restrictions for painting lane markings are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and are also dependent on favorable weather conditions.
Walsh Construction Company, INDOT’s contractor for the $40 million project, is shifting westbound traffic away from the median to provide workers room for pavement and bridge pier construction. Contractors are also currently constructing auxiliary lanes along I-65 to connect between the I-465 and Southport Road interchange ramps. A new two-lane flyover ramp from westbound I-465 to southbound I-65 is being constructed to replace the existing single-lane loop ramp. Sherman Drive remains closed until approximately Sept. 1 as the bridge over I-465 is reconstructed and lengthened to accommodate widening I-465 below.
Motorists, businesses and residents are encouraged to learn more about Operation Indy Commute I-65 & I-465 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