INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers who cope with heavy traffic on I-65 are getting a bit of good news, but it won’t come overnight.
Indiana is getting $40 million in special federal grants to help improve 11 miles of the interstate.
Additional funding will come from state and federal sources.
One seven-mile segment is in Boone County, from the U.S. 52 interchange to State Road 47.
The other is four miles from State Road 46 in Columbus south to State Road 58.
In both cases, a third lane will be added north and southbound, the existing road will be rehabilitated and bridges will be improved or replaced.
A typical time frame for projects like these is three to four years, but there is no firm completion date yet.
Much of I-65 in Boone County is already six lanes.
This latest project will expand that north to the Thorntown area.
The four mile stretch of 65 from State Road 46 south will connect to a 14-mile segment that is already being improved to U.S. 50 in Seymour.
The state’s ultimate goal is to make all 260 miles of I-65 in Indiana at least six lanes.
Already, lanes have been added in Lake, Tippecanoe, Boone, Marion, Johnson and Clark counties.
Improvements are needed because of the age of the road, which dates to the early 1960s, and increasing car and truck traffic.
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