Highway construction season about to ramp up with several ongoing projects continuing this summer
Most work will be outside I-465
Last Updated: 71 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Warmer weather means more of the dreaded orange barrels along area highways, and some will be in very familiar areas that have created headaches in the past.
The construction projects that are going to bother area drivers on interstates this year are pretty much the same as last year, although in a couple of cases they're moving down the road several miles.
One of the biggest continuing projects is the expansion of Interstate 69 and State Route 37 in Fishers.
This spring, workers will finish up the northbound fly-over bridge and shift their focus to the southbound side.
They'll be working on that side of the bridge and adding an extra southbound travel lane between 116th Street and Interstate 465, as well as some auxiliary lanes connecting the interchanges at 116th and 96th streets.
"We're going to be moving traffic, probably early next week, from the right side to the left side, while we put some temporary pavement in on the right side," said INDOT spokesman Harry McGinity. "Once that's in, we'll move all the traffic to the right side, so we'll have access to the bridge from the left side of the road."
They'll also be closing the southbound exit ramp from I-69 to 116th Street sometime in early summer.
The work on U.S. 31 in Hamilton County will also continue, with workers making the highway limited access between 146th and 169th streets this fall.
The Interstate 70 project in Hancock County will move farther east, with a major pavement rebuild between Mount Comfort and Greenfield.
Work will continue on I-65 in the Lebanon area.
One non-INDOT project that will continue into the new construction season is the conversion of Allisonville Road and 96th Street into "Michigan Lefts".
The last spoke there will be opened in May.
INDOT will also be doing some work on interstates within I-465, but that will amount mostly to pavement patching that won't unduly disturb traffic.
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