INDIANAPOLIS -- If I-65 through downtown Indianapolis is part of your daily route, you better have your detour figured out because parts of the interstate are now closed and will be for roughly a month.
The affected areas include the southbound lanes of I-65 between the I-65/I-465 interchange on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
The closures are anticipated to last until Aug. 5.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says seven bridges along those stretches of the interstate will be rehabilitated during that time.
"It's very imperative that we get in there to fix these bridges. If we don't we could start to see some serious deterioration of those bridges, and of course, we don't want that to happen," INDOT's Lamar Holliday said.
Between July 1 and August 5, traffic on southbound I-65 on the northwest side will be detoured via I-465 south or I-865 east.
The project will also close both directions of I-65 between Meridian Street (exit 113) and 21st Street (exit 115) in downtown Indianapolis.
The entrance and exit ramps at the Dr. Martin Luther King Street / West Street interchange (exit 114) will also be closed, but the entrance ramp from 21st Street to northbound I-65 will remain open.
"Normally what we do is lane restrictions. If we did that on this particular section of interstate, we're talking a few to several months to repair seven bridges and that can cause serious delays, serious backups, and traffic. So we decided we wanted to do a 35-day closure to get in and get out and get it done and get traffic moving again," said Holliday.