Indianapolis 'south split' to close for 90 days to fix low bridge problem

It took at least two days to fix the Virginia Ave. bridge after a truck hit it in February.

Over 400 oversize vehicles have struck bridges on Indiana's south split since 1999, and now the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is ready to tackle the problems.

INDOT plans to close I-65 and I-70 for up to 90 days this fall to lower the pavement beneath seven low bridges at the south split.

Large vehicles striking the bridges and causing traffic delays have created problems for years. On Feb. 22, a truck hit the Virginia Ave. bridge and required a weekend-long closure of northbound I-65 and eastbound I-70 for emergency repairs. 

INDOT plans to use incentives and an innovative bidding technique that reduced closure days for the Allisonville Road Bridge and other projects around the state. A public open house is tentatively scheduled for July 11 to present project details and answer questions.

INDOT will partner with the City of Indianapolis to keep traffic flowing and access open to downtown cultural districts, applying techniques that were successfully used during the 2003 Hyperfix project. Message boards and signage will direct I-65 and I-70 through traffic to use the south and west legs of I-465.

Learn more about the project here.

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