Two areas of I-65 to be expanded


Two segments on I-65 are being targeted for expansion after a new bill was passed to release $200 million for highway construction in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Transportation confirmed to WTHR that I-65 between State Road 44 near Franklin and Southport Road in Indianapolis, as well as the Lafayette area from State Road 38 to State Road 26, will receive funding for expansion.

INDOT says the idea is to add lanes by maximizing the existing right of way. Options include building lanes in the existing 60-foot grassy median or auxiliary ramp lanes along the outside of the travel lanes.

INDOT's planning and engineering staff consider congestion, pavement condition and crash data along with future traffic projections to determine highest priority projects.

The expansion of I-65 between Lowell and Merrillville in Lake County is being pursued as part of the Illiana Corridor project. INDOT says it's currently exploring projects on I-65 in southern Indiana and along the preexisting I-69 in northeast Indiana for the remaining $200 million, which would need to be released next year by the State Budget Committee.