1st responders adapt to I-65 closure

INDIANAPOLIS -- We're seeing a lot of traffic due to the I-65 closure, but what do you do if you're in an emergency and you're stuck in gridlock?

 If you need a faster route to the hospital, LifeLine at IU Health Manager Alex Rosa said they have measures in place that can help. 

"If you're not familiar with the city and you don't know the back routes, if you call IU Health’s main number the operators have a list of routes you can take from where you're coming from,” Rosa said. “They'll be happy to asset you to getting around the traffic."

If it is a serious situation, Rosa said don't navigate through the gridlock, let the paramedics come to you. 

"They can provide life-saving treatments at your residence and continue that care to the emergency room," Rosa said. 

LifeLine is expected to make more than 11,500 transports this year.

If you see an ambulance in your rear-view mirror, pull to the side and stop. If you can’t make it through the light in time, don’t block the intersection, ALS Paramedic Kevin King said.

"If an emergency happens and we need to get through the intersection, we don't want to put individuals in a state where they have to choose or maybe panic and make the wrong decision," King said.

 Lifeline has a communication center finding the best routes especially in volumes of high traffic.

 If you need help getting to the hospital here is a list of locations and directions:

 A) Coming to downtown using I-70WB:  Take I-70 WB to downtown as always, and take ramp for I-65NB and immediately exit at Meridian Street.  ONLY Ramp open after taking ramp from I-70WB to I-65NB  

1: For Methodist: Come down ramp and cross over Delaware to traffic light at Meridian, second traffic light, and turn right (north)on Meridian to 16th St.  At 16th St., turn left (west) continue to Senate Blvd (4th traffic light) and turn right (north) to entrance at Methodist Hospital. 

2: For Goodman Hall Neuroscience Bldg:  Come down ramp and cross over Delaware to  traffic light at Meridian, second traffic light, and turn right (north)on Meridian to 16th St.  At 16th St., turn left (west)continue to Senate AVE (3rd traffic light) and turn left (south)to 15th St. and turn right onto 15th St and turn right at entrance of Goodman Hall. 

3:  Main Pathology Lab, Fairbanks Hall, Gateway, Sleep Disorder Center:  Come down ramp and cross over Delaware to traffic light at Meridian, second traffic light, turn left then typical local surface street directions from there. 

  1.   ALTERNATE and backup:  I-70 WB and exit at Keystone / Rural.  Bottom of ramp, at light, turn left (south) and take to Michigan St. the turn right (west) onto Michigan St.  for directions below. NOTE: Michigan street is MOST direct route to downtown areas. 

                1: For Methodist:  At Senate Ave., Turn right (north) to 16th Street.  At 16th

                Street, turn left (west) to Senate Blvd and turn right (north) to entrance at

                Methodist Hospital.   

                2: For Goodman Hall Neuroscience Bldg:  At Senate Ave., Turn right (north) to

                15th Street, turn left (west) to entrance of bldg. on right.

 3: For UH:  Take Michigan St to University Blvd.  Turn right (north) onto University Blvd to hospital entrance on left.

4: For IUSCC:  Take Michigan St. and follow Michigan St to entrance on right.

5: For Riley:  Take Michigan St to Riley Hospital Drive.  Right onto Riley Hospital Dr (north)to Simon Tower Parking Garage ahead on right, at north end of Riley Hospital building.  NOTE: this takes them past the ROC garage and entrance at ROC.  The ROC garage is owned by IUPUI and does not take validated parking from Riley. 

6:  Core Pathology Lab and Fairbanks Hall.  Take Michigan St to Senate Ave, turn right (north) on Senate Ave., from Michigan to 11th St.  Left on 11th St (west) to entrance for parking lots accessible from 11th St.

7: Sleep Disorder Center:  Take Michigan St to Senate Ave, turn right (north) on Senate Ave., from Michigan to building on left.

8:  Gateway:  Take Michigan St to Illinois Street, turn right (north) on Illinois St. to parking lots in area.

B) Coming to downtown from the South using I-65 from the South:  Take 65 NB to downtown as always, but exit (only option) at Meridian Street. 

1: For Methodist: Come down ramp and cross over Delaware to Meridian Street.  At traffic light at Meridian, second traffic light, and turn right (north) on Meridian to 16th St.  At 16th St., turn left (west) continue to Senate Blvd (4th traffic light) and turn right (north) to entrance at Methodist Hospital. 

2: For Goodman Hall Neuroscience Bldg:  Come down ramp and cross over Delaware to  traffic light at Meridian, second traffic light, and turn right (north)on Meridian to 16th St.  At 16th St., turn left (west)continue to Senate AVE (3rd traffic light) and turn left (south)to 15th St. and turn right onto 15th St (west)and turn right at entrance of Goodman Hall. 

3:  Main Pathology Lab, Fairbanks Hall, Gateway, Sleep Disorder Center:  Come down ramp and cross over Delaware to Meridian Street to traffic light at Meridian, second traffic light, and turn left, then typical local surface street directions from there. 

A) ALTERNATE or back up.  For all below are directions using I-65 NB to (exit 110B) take I-70 West to exit 79A at West St.

1) For Riley hospital:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to Michigan St.  Turn Left (west) onto Michigan from West St and continue to Riley Hospital Dr.  Right onto Riley Hospital Dr (north) from Michigan and continue to Simon Family Tower Garage on the right. [NOTE: have customers go past the garage next to the ROC (IUPUI owned garage) to the Simon Tower garage at north end of building complex.]

2) For UH:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to Michigan St.  I-70 Turn left onto Michigan from West St (west) and continue to University Blvd.  Right onto University Blvd (north)from Michigan St to entrance of hospital on left.

3) For IUSCC:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to Michigan St.  Turn left (west) onto Michigan from West St and continue to IUSCC entrance at on right. 

4) For Methodist:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to Senate Ave.  Turn left (north)onto Senate Ave. to 16th St. and turn left (west)on to 16th St. and Turn right at Senate Blvd to main entrance.

5) Goodman Hall:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to Senate Ave.  Turn left (north) onto Senate Ave.  to 15th St. and turn left (west) on to 15th St. and Turn right at entrance to bldg.

6) For Fairbanks:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to entrance of parking lot ahead on left. 

7) For Central Pathology Lab: I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to Senate Ave.  Turn left (north)onto Senate Ave., (north)to 11th St. Turn left (west)go to entrance for Lab.

8) For Sleep Disorder Center:  I-70 WB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and at bottom of ramp turn right (north) onto Missouri St.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to St Clair St., turn right (east) onto St Clair  At Senate Ave., turn right (south)Sleep Disorders Center is building on right. 

C) Coming I-65SB from Northwest Indiana.  I-65SB will be closed at mile marker 123 for approximately the same time frame July 1 to about August 5th.  This will affect ALL persons planning to use I-65SB to downtown locations so access to I-65SB at 21st MAY NOT be available.  Below directions are based on their being directed to I-465SB at mile marker 123.

1)  For Riley:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Riley Hospital Drive (4 traffic lights after crossing over White River)  turn right, onto Riley Hospital Drive and use Simon Family Tower Garage on left.  First garage on the left, just before the car port /main entrance at Riley Hospital.               

2) For UH:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Indiana Ave (6th traffic light after crossing over White River) and turn right.  At University Blvd (1st traffic light) turn right.  Take University Blvd to 2nd traffic light – hospital entrance is on the right at that intersection. 

3) For IUSCC: Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Indiana Ave (6th traffic light after crossing over White River) and turn right.  At University Blvd (1st traffic light) turn right.  Take University Blvd to 3rd traffic light, turn right onto Michigan street and take to IUSCC entrance on right. 

3) For Fairbanks Hall:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to entrance of parking lot on left. 

4) For Main Pathology Lab: Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Senate Ave and turn left (north) on Senate Ave to 11th street.  Turn left (west) onto 11th street.  Entrance to parking area ahead on right. 

5) For Gateway:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to parking areas for Gateway building at 10th and Illinois streets.  OR to Meridian St., right (south)to St Joseph St., right (west)to pay parking on right.

6) For MH:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Senate Ave and turn left (north) take to 16th street.  At 16th street, turn left (west) and go to Senate Blvd.  Turn right (north) on Senate Blvd to hospital entrance on right. 

7) For Goodman Hall:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Senate Ave and turn left (north) take to 15th street.  At 15th street, turn left (west) and go to building entrance on right.

8) For Sleep Disorder Center:  Take I-465SB to 10th street exit (exit 14) at top of ramp, turn left (east) onto 10th street.  Take 10th street to Senate Ave and turn right (south) to Sleep Disorder Center on right. 

A) Alternate or Back up: Take I-465SB to I-70EB exit (exit 9A) and take I-70EB to West street (exit 79A) exit. 

1) For Riley Hospital:  I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to Michigan St.  Turn Left onto Michigan street (west) from West St and continue to Riley Hospital Dr.  Right onto Riley Hospital Dr (north) from Michigan and continue to Simon Family Tower Garage on the right. [NOTE: have customers go past the garage next to the ROC (IUPUI owned garage) to the Simon Tower garage at north end of building complex.

2) For UH:   I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to Michigan St.  I-70 Turn left (west) onto Michigan from West St and continue to University Blvd.  Turn right (north) onto University Blvd from Michigan St to entrance of hospital on left.

3) For IUSCC:   I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to Michigan St.  Turn left (west) onto Michigan from West St and continue to IUSCC entrance at on right. 

4) For Methodist:   I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St and continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to Senate Ave.  Turn left (north)onto Senate Ave., to 16th St. and turn left (west)on to 16th St. and Turn right (north)at Senate Blvd to main entrance.

5) Goodman Hall:   I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  and continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to Senate Ave.  Turn left (north) onto Senate Ave., to 15th St. and turn left (west) on to 15th St. and Turn right at entrance to bldg.

6) For Fairbanks:   I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to entrance of parking lot ahead on left. 

7) For Central Pathology Lab:  I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to 10th St.  Turn right (east) onto 10th St. to Senate Ave.  Turn left (north)onto Senate Ave., to 11th St. Turn left (west)go to entrance to parking area for Lab.

8) For Sleep Disorder Center:  I-70EB to ramp at West Street (exit 79A) take exit and cross over to northbound lane and turn right (north)onto Missouri St and cross under I-70.  Continue north on Missouri St.  NOTE: as you pass Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center Missouri St becomes West St.  continue on West St to St Clair St., turn right (east) onto St Clair at Senate Ave., turn right (south)Sleep Disorders Center is building on right. 

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