Work begins to prepare for south split project
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors will begin work tonight to temporarily widen the Pine Street entrance ramp to eastbound I-70. A second lane is being added to the ramp to help optimize traffic flow during the 59-day closure of I-65 and I-70 between the north and south splits scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Tonight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., the right lane of eastbound I-70 adjacent to the Pine Street entrance ramp will be restricted. The two right lanes of Pine Street and one of the two lanes at the base of the ramp will be restricted at 7 p.m. Once work progresses to the top of the ramp, crews will need to close the Pine Street entrance ramp to eastbound I-70. If needed, the ramp closure could repeat Monday night to complete surface paving. Overnight lane restrictions should be expected next week to replace pavement markings.
On Monday, Aug. 26, parking restrictions begin on sections of New York Street to temporarily restripe the street for an additional lane of traffic. Alternating traffic lane restrictions should be expected on New York Street between Delaware and Pine streets between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Overnight restrictions have started at the south split to construct a temporary ramp configuration for eastbound I-70 to southbound I-65 that will allow it to remain open to two lanes. The right lane of southbound I-65 and the left ramp lane from eastbound I-70 to southbound I-65 will be restricted from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Traffic will be shifted to the temporary ramp configuration, which will have a 30 mph speed limit, for approximately two weeks when the interstate closure begins (Sept. 3).
On Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day) after 8 a.m., contractors will restrict various traffic lanes on city streets for short periods of time in order to modify signs, directing motorists to interstate ramps remaining open during the interstate closure. Reduced lanes and highway work zones on I-65 and I-70 should be expected near the north and south splits on Monday, Sept. 2 as contractors prepare to completely close the interstate between the north and south splits after midnight.
Motorists, residents and businesses are encouraged to visit www.SouthSplit.in.gov to learn details of the project and sign up for project email updates using the red GovDelivery envelope icon. Updates will also be provided on the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral and #SouthSplit.