By Deonta Larkins
INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning March 6, the Indiana Department of Transportation is rebuilding six bridges on I-65 over I-465, which means that there will be variety of lane shifts and ramp closures as the work progresses.
One Columbus resident, Michael Myers, drives I-65 to Indianapolis, a route that will take him directly through the construction zone.
“It takes me forty-two minutes with no issues from Columbus to get to work. I do not know how bad the exit ramps are in the area, but a lot of traffic comes through there and the change will be significant,” said Myers.
Will Wingfield, spokesperson for INDOT, said that Superior Construction is the company that will lead the project. The $19.6 million cost is funded through state and federal gas taxes.
Wingfield said the biggest challenges are managing traffic, educating the public on detours and getting the project done on time.
In late March or early April, the southbound I-65 ramp to eastbound I-465 is scheduled to close for up to 150 days. Traffic will be detoured to Southport Road.
The other ramps to be reconstructed are the I-65 northbound ramp to I-465 westbound and I-465 eastbound ramp to I-65 northbound, Wingfield added.
Southbound traffic on I-65 will be temporarily shifted to northbound lanes and the vice versa as the bridge reconstruction progresses. The work is expected to be completed with all lanes and ramps open to traffic before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Myers said he would seek alternative routes to get to work on time.
“I am used to the inconvenience because of the recent highway road construction for I-65,” he said.
Deonta Larkins is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.