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INDOT: I-65 closure to last until mid-September

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – New details have been released about the ongoing closure of northbound I-65 near Lafayette.

According to INDOT, the portion of I-65 near the Wildcat Bridge will remain closed until mid-September.

The bridge closed for the second time on Aug. 7 after crews noticed a riverbank pier tilting. Engineers and soil experts tested the soil to find a solution to the problem.

INDOT said they will need to install high-strength, small-diameter steel casings with rods and grout. The casings are known as microplies. They will be placed through the existing portion of the pier and deep into the soil.

Currently all northbound lanes of I-65 are closed between U.S. 52 and State Road 25. The southbound lanes remain open.

Below is a provided detour route from INDOT:

I-65 northbound merges to one lane and is diverted onto U.S. 52 at Exit 141 north of Lebanon. Once on U.S. 52, drivers should head north for about 17 miles, then turn left on State Road 28. Head west for about 10 miles before turning right on U.S. 231, which will go for about 33 miles before intersecting I-65 in White County.

INDOT estimates the detour adds about 9 miles and 25 minutes to northbound drivers commute.

Below are addition routes drivers can take:

  • I-74 west to I-57 north in Illinois
  • I-74 west to State Road 63 north to U.S. 41 north to U.S. 24 east
  • Keystone Parkway north to U.S. 31 north to U.S. 35 north to U.S. 24 west