INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The South Split will be closed in less than two days and INDOT says those changes will add about 10 minutes more to your commute.
INDOT estimates on average 100,000 drivers use the South Split daily and will be affected by the closure.
“I take the South Split every morning on the way to work,” says Derek Basbagill.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 3, it will be closed. It’s a $12.4 million project that will give add more clearance to the Virginia Avenue Bridge.
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“We’re pushing this project as quickly as possible because we do recognize the public's safety issue these oversized loads striking the bridges brings, and really, the videos that we've put out showing these oversized loads strikes really tells the story itself,” says Nathan Riggs, an INDOT spokesman.
Contractors are lowering the pavement beneath the bridge to make more room for over sized trucks, but it comes at a high cost to commuters.
“I guess it's a good thing, but a major inconvenience in my daily life. You know, taking to and from work everyday,” says Basbagill.
INDOT promises the project will be done in 59 days or sooner. The contractor will be rewarded $60,000 each day the project is finished early or the company will be fined $60,000 every day they are late.
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