By Maureen Hayden
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will shift southbound I-65 traffic in Boone County onto the newly constructed inside shoulder beginning on or after April 8. I-65 northbound traffic will be shifted to the existing outside shoulder and low speed lane from mile marker 139-140 beginning April 10.
This traffic switch will also impact the current configuration of the State Road 32 (S.R. 32) exit ramp. The I-65 northbound and S.R. 32 exit ramp will no longer split north of State Road 39 (S.R. 39).
Reith-Riley Construction Company, Inc. and designer R.W. Armstrong were awarded the $41,455,610 Major Moves design build contract. The project on I-65 will add an additional lane in each direction and reconstruct the existing lanes of I-65 from six tenths of a mile north of S.R. 32 to one half mile south of Boone County Road 100 East. The project also includes rebuilding the S.R. 39 bridge over I-65 and the I-65 bridge over Prairie Creek and rehabilitating a bridge over Lafayette Avenue in Lebanon.
The project is scheduled to be completed in July of this year.
The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph throughout the entire work zone. This construction project has been targeted by the Indiana State Police and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department for increased enforcement activities in an effort to reduce speeding in the work zone.