Work begins downtown to prep roads for 65/70 closure

INDIANAPOLIS - Preliminary work was scheduled to begin Tuesday night on a $12 million I-65/I-70 improvement project which will close the entire south split for two months.

The actual project will kick off the day after Labor Day, and close the entire south split and three ramps – Washington Street, East Street and the Fletcher, McCarty, Virginia Street ramp – through Halloween.

The closure is planned to allow crews to lower grades to allow more room for semis that have been scraping bridges.

While the construction may do good things for traffic in the long term, some nearby business owners aren't thrilled. Among them is Ray Kamstra, whose new business, Indiana City Brewing Company, opened just three months ago – right off the Washington Street ramp.

"I can see it being an issue for people finding our business," Kamstra said. "I think a fair amount of our customers probably use the Washington Street exit. It's the easiest route from the south side."

Kamstra plans to start sending out e-mails to let his customers know about alternate routes to get to the brewery.

It's a strategy similar to the one being employed by INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs, who is advocating that the 100,000-some drivers who travel through the area each day start taking detour routes now.

"We do anticipate some delays and people probably should plan a few extra minutes," Riggs said. "But depending on what route they're taking, they should try those routes in advance; probably have two or three different options. And, again, try those routes in the next week or two, before the closure."

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