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Week 2 underway for major interstate closure: INDOT's findings from Week 1

Posted: 10:43 AM, Jul 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-09 15:57:49Z
INDOT's findings from week 1 of I-65 closure
INDOT's findings from week 1 of I-65 closure

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- We’re now in the second week of construction for INDOT’s major bridge rehabilitation project on I-65, so what have we learned from Week 1?

Developed by INDOT’s Traffic Management Team, these tips will help you navigate the closures, so your commute runs as smoothly as possible.

Northwest drivers heading to downtown: Those southbound lanes on I-65 between the I-65 and I-465 interchange are closed, so your best bet is to use eastbound I-865 to southbound I-465 and return to southbound I-65 at exit 20. If you’re heading to the south side, you can take that same route, but continue on southbound I-465 until returning to southbound I-65 at exit 53, on the city’s south side.

And, don’t forget the doozy: the downtown closure.

Both northbound and southbound I-65 are closed in between the 21st Street and Meridian Street exits. If coming from the south side, you should use northbound I-465 to westbound I-70 to reach your downtown destination. North side drivers heading to the south, you can use southbound I-465 to eastbound I-70 to reach your destination.

Afternoon commuters who wish to access northbound I-65 can use MLK Street to access I-65 at exit 117, just north of 30th Street. An alternate route to northbound I-65 is to travel north on Illinois Street and west on 30th Street to I-65.

During the afternoon commute, INDOT found delays in the following areas:

  • 10th Street between West Street and the I-65/I-70 North Split
  • 11th Street and Delaware Street
  • 21st Street between MLK ST and Meridian Street

INDOT also wants to remind drivers that there might be higher traffic volumes this week, as people who might have been on vacation for the holiday return to work. They suggest leaving early and allow for extra time.

This closure is underway until August 5th, so plan ahead and be prepared.

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