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August 27, 2013

Indy preparing for 59-day I-65/I-70 closure

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At the south split, the right lane of southbound I-65 and the left ramp lane from eastbound I-70 to southbound I-65 will have overnight restrictionst each night as contractors work to construct a temporary ramp configuration ahead of the Sept. 3 interstate closure.

After 8 a.m. on Sept. 2 (Labor Day), contractors will restrict various traffic lanes on city streets for short periods of time to modify signs that direct motorists to the interstate ramps that will remain open during the interstate closure. Interstate lane restrictions should also be expected near the north and south splits on Sept. 2 as contractors prepare to close the interstate after midnight.

The Cultural Trail will be temporarily re-routed across Virginia Street at the I-65 overpass. The trail will remain open during construction, but pedestrian traffic will be directed to the north side of the street while beams are replaced on the bridges.

Contractors estimate this to last about a week in early October. Directional signs will be placed.

Traffic signals will be monitored and adjusted to accommodate the additional traffic. Officials are asking motorists to be patient, as the city and INDOT will have to make minor adjustments in the first weeks of the closure as traffic patterns change. Residents are encouraged to plan multiple alternate route options and to test those routes beforehand.

The city and INDOT will continue working together to optimize traffic flow and maintain access to downtown businesses, neighborhoods, and cultural districts during this interstate closure.

Motorists, residents, and businesses are encouraged to visit the website at www.SouthSplit.in.gov to learn details of the project, view a map of expected closures, and sign up for project e-mail updates using the red GovDelivery envelope icon. Updates will also be provided on the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral and #SouthSplit.

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