INDOT plans to close I-65, I-70 up to 3 months to lower pavement under bridges

Bridges hit more than 400 times since 1999

INDIANAPOLIS - Interstate 65 and Interstate 70 between the north and south splits could be closed for as long as three months while crews lower the pavement under bridges.

The project, planned to begin in late August or early September, will increase clearance under seven bridges.

View: Map of closed roadway  | Map of detour

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation said south split bridges have been struck by oversize vehicles more than 400 times since 1999.

"It's our belief that this project will reduce the probability of the bridge strikes and traffic crashes caused by debris falling into the roadway," said INDOT Deputy Commissioner Jay Wasson.

I-65 and I-70 through traffic will be directed onto Interstate 465 during the project.

State and city officials said they will work together to minimize the impact to commuters and businesses, but there will be an impact.

"If you're a commuter and you go from the north side to the south side or vice versa, you're going to have to find a different route as well," said Will Wingfield with INDOT.

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