Large trucks temporarily banned from I-65/70 ramp system
Large trucks will be temporarily prohibited from the I-65 southbound and I-70 westbound ramps exiting onto Michigan Street, New York Street, Ohio Street and Fletcher Avenue.
Since South Split construction began Sept. 3, residents have complained about trucks using the ramp system and Indianapolis streets to bypass the I-65 and I-70 closure. Tractor trailers cannot negotiate the turns required downtown without driving over curbs or into other traffic lanes, prompting traffic safety concerns.
Indiana State Police will assist South Split project contractors in lane closures to post additional overhead signage starting this weekend. This will allow police agencies to enforce a weight limit of 13 tons gross vehicle weight rating, except for trucks making local deliveries or pick-ups. Enforcement may begin once modification of overhead signage is completed.
Multiple temporary and electronic message signs along I-65 and I-70 advise through traffic to follow the designated I-465 detour around the south side of the city.
The I-65/I-70 closure is also giving INDOT the opportunity to make needed repairs to the bridge over Vermont Street. Starting Monday, Sept. 16, eastbound Vermont Street will be detoured south over Davidson Street, New York Street and Pine Street. Westbound Vermont Street will north over Pine Street, Michigan Street and Davidson Street. Bridge repairs are expected to be completed and the Vermont Street underpass reopened by Tuesday, Oct. 1.