Governor Mike Pence has announced plans to invest $50 million to reconfigure the I-465 and I-69 interchange. The governor’s office says the project will ease congestion, improve safety and reduce travel time around the busy interchange on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
The Indiana Department of Transportation expects to begin the preliminary design of the project in 2016 with construction expected to begin in 2020. This week, INDOT will publish a formal request for proposals from engineering companies interested in designing the project.
“Significant growth in Noblesville, Fishers and the northeast side of Indianapolis has created the need to update our highway infrastructure in the area,” Governor Mike Pence said. “Building this interchange will increase capacity and improve traffic flow. This project, along with recent and planned projects to widen I-69, a scheduled interchange at 106th Street, and the modernization of State Road 37 in Fishers, will dramatically improve the ability of people and commerce to move efficiently in Central Indiana.”
The project includes building a high-speed, two-lane ramp for traffic exiting eastbound I-465 to northbound I-69. The new ramp would bridge over Binford Boulevard and I-465 while the existing loop ramp would remain for eastbound I-465 traffic exiting I-69 onto East 82nd Street.
Crews will also widen I-465 to four travel lanes in each direction between the White River bridge and I-69. There will also be two ramp lanes in each direction which will run continuously between the I-69, Allisonville Road and Keystone Avenue interchanges.
INDOT is also asking consultants to design additional improvements should more funding become available.