INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The South Split is opening more than two weeks ahead of schedule.
Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday night that Interstate 65 and 70 between the north and south split would re-open to traffic Wednesday night.
The roadway is opening more than two weeks ahead of schedule.
According to a release, southbound traffic was opened around 10:45 p.m. and contractors expected to open northbound traffic before midnight.
The amount of closure days was originally estimated to last 90 days and cost up to $20 million. Milestone Contractors bid $12.4 million construction cost with 59 closure days, and further expedited construction to receive incentives of $60,000 per day, the release said.
In the release, Governor Mike Pence thanked Hoosiers for their patience and cooperation:
“Closing interstate highways is hard on everybody, and Hoosiers are to be commended for their patience and cooperation during the I-65/I-70 South Split Project,” Governor Pence said. “On behalf of the people of Indiana, I express my appreciation for the hard work and professionalism of the Indiana Department of Transportation and its contractors for completing these needed public safety improvements ahead of schedule and under budget.”
According to INDOT, motorists should expect alternating lane restrictions on I-65 and I-70 until approximately 6 a.m. as contractors return signage and pavement markings to their original layout.
Contractors will also restrict various traffic lanes on city streets for a short period of time to adjust signs.
INDOT plans to rebuild and raise the clearance of the East Street Bridge over I-70 in 2014. Both will be kept open to traffic.
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