INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Traffic restrictions begin Wednesday as city and state officials prepare to close the I-65/I-70 south split for up to two months.
The Pine Street entrance ramp to eastbound Interstate 70 and one interstate lane next to the ramp will have overnight restrictions as contractors work to temporarily widen the ramp to accommodate two lanes.
At the south split, the right line of southbound Interstate 65 and the left ramp lane from eastbound I-70 to southbound I-65 will also have overnight restrictions beginning Wednesday. The restrictions will continue each night from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. as contractors work to build a temporary ramp configuration ahead of the September third interstate closure.
INDOT announced the project earlier this summer to increase the clearance of overpasses in the south split after numerous oversized trucks struck the Virginia Avenue bridge.
Indianapolis Department of Public Works crews are also preparing downtown streets to accommodate increased traffic as a result of the project.
The city will temporarily restrict on-street parking on Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania, College, and New York streets in the downtown area to free up additional vehicular travel lanes. The city will also monitor street repairs and try to limit permits to emergency issues only in effort to cut down on delays.
Sections of New York Street will be temporarily restriped where parking is restricted beginning Aug. 26.
“We anticipate some increased traffic on city streets in the downtown area and encourage residents to be patient and give themselves multiple commute options,” said Lori Miser, Indianapolis DPW director.
INDOT encouraged motorists, residents, and businesses to visit their website www.southsplit.in.gov to learn more details about the project and sign up for project email updates.
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