$50 Million Construction Project For I-465/I-69 Interchange
By Rachel Hoffmeyer
INDIANAPOLIS – Drivers on the northeast side will see more construction in the coming years with the goal of easing traffic long term.
Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday announced plans for a $50 million construction project to the I-465/I-69 interchange. The project will reconfigure the interchange used by more than 165,000 drivers each day to improve traffic and safety.
“Significant growth in Noblesville, Fishers and the northeast side of Indianapolis has created the need to update our highway infrastructure in the area,” Pence said in a press release.
The Indiana Department of Transportation proposal calls for widening I-465 into four travel lanes in each direction between the White River bridge and I-69. Two ramp lanes in each direction would run between the I-69, Allisonville Road and Keystone Avenue interchanges for traffic entering and exiting the interstate.
For drivers exiting I-465 eastbound onto I-69 northbound, the project calls for a high-speed, two-lane ramp to bridge over Binford Boulevard and I-465. The existing low-speed ramp would remain for I-465 eastbound traffic exiting I-69 onto 82nd Street in Castleton.
“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,” said Pence.
INDOT will publish a request this week for engineering companies to start submitting bids for the project. INDOT hopes to begin the preliminary design in 2016, with construction slated to begin in 2020.
Rachel Hoffmeyer is the Executive Editor of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.