Interstate 65, Interstate 70 closed at south split for repairs, expected to reopen by Monday

Steel bridge beam damaged in accident

INDIANAPOLIS - Northbound Interstate 65 and eastbound Interstate 70 is expected to reopen in downtown Indianapolis before the Monday morning commute, Indiana Department of Transportation officials said Saturday.

Parts of the two major interstates were closed Friday for an indefinite amount of time to make repairs caused by a vehicle accident.

INDOT officials said a steel bridge beam on the Virginia Avenue bridge was damaged in the accident, and they don't know how long the repairs will take.

Officials said developers worked through Saturday to develop plans to repair the bridge.

After the repair plans are finished, INDOT will be able to release more information about the timeline of the project, officials said.

I-70 eastbound traffic is being diverted to I-65 southbound, and I-65 northbound traffic is being diverted to I-70 westbound.

Through traffic on I-65 northbound and I-70 eastbound will be diverted to the Interstate 465 loop around Indianapolis as a detour.

The same bridge was damaged in August 2011 when a piece of construction equipment hit the bridge, closing the road for several hours. In that incident, the bridge had only cosmetic damage so no major repairs were needed. 

In October 2011, a car atop a semi struck the Virginia Avenue bridge, fell off the truck and caught fire.

The driver that damaged the bridge Friday, Ricky Farley, 54, of Indianapolis, has been cited for having an oversized load, state police said.

Farley was hauling a lift for Indianapolis company Airworx Construction Equipment and Supply.

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