South split project completed, highway open


The south split construction project that shut down interstate traffic through downtown Indianapolis for more than a month is over.

Lanes are open in both directions of Interstate 65/70 through the construction zone.

"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 Mike 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."

The project was completed more than two weeks ahead of schedule. Milestone Contractors, who won the bid to do the project, receives incentives of $60,000 per day for completing the work early.

"A shared sense of urgency among the City of Indianapolis, the Federal Highway Administration and our contractors expedited project development and construction," INDOT Deputy Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said. "INDOT recognizes and appreciates the swift work of Milestone Contractors, Parsons Transportation Group, United Consultants, Cardno TBE, Continental Mapping and Earth Exploration."

The project, which started on September 3, was deemed necessary due to repeated collisions by semi trailers with overpasses on the highway.