One of the busiest interchanges in the state is going to be rebuilt. The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the overhaul of the I-65/I-70 North Split in Indianapolis will include rehabilitation or widening of 32 bridges, adding new bridges and making room for future through-lane capacity on both interstates. The interchange handles some 170,000 cars per day.
It was built 50 years ago and INDOT says its "useful life" is nearing the end. Commissioner Joe McGuinness says "the infrastructure is inadequate for today’s traffic needs. Our goal is to develop a project that replaces aging infrastructure, improves traffic flow and safety, and better meets the needs of motorists and neighborhoods in the corridor."
On and off-ramps along 11th and 12th Streets in the city’s downtown will also be reconfigured to help with traffic congestion. Environmental assessments are underway and INDOT says a public outreach campaign will soon start. Officials expect:
- public meetings to take place early next year
- a preliminary design to be unveiled later in 2018
- design and built contractors to be selected in 2019
- construction could begin by the end of 2019
You can connect to more on plans for the work by clicking here.