INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The funeral procession for Sen. Richard Lugar may affect how you get around Indianapolis on Wednesday.
IMPD announced their plan for closing streets as the former senator's body is taken from the Statehouse downtown to his memorial service at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on the north side of Indianapolis.
At 9 a.m., motorists can begin to expect delays on Interstate 465 north and on the west side. At 11:30 a.m., Delaware Street will be closed between Washington and Market streets for the raising of the garrison flag. Fifteen minutes later, Capitol Avenue will close between Ohio and Washington Streets. Then at noon, W. 86th Street from Meridian Street to Spring Mill Road will close for a little more than an hour.
The funeral procession for Sen. Lugar is scheduled to leave the Statehouse at 12:05 p.m. and take the following route:
• South on Capitol to Maryland
• East on Maryland to Delaware
• North on Delaware to Michigan
• West on Michigan to Illinois
• North on Illinois to 34th St.
• East on 34th St. to Washington Blvd.
• North on Washington Blvd. to 43rd St.
• West on 43rd St. to Meridian
• North on Meridian to 86th St.
• West on 86th St. to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
The route to the church is expected to take 45 minutes once the procession leaves the Statehouse. Traffic on 86th Street will be limited to one lane in each direction from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area, if possible.
Drivers are being told to expect "extended delays" on 86th Street between Spring Mill Road and Meridian Street and on Meridian Street from 86th Street to I-465 from 2:45-3:30 p.m. as dignitaries leave the funeral.
Delays are expected to continue after the funeral service from 2:50-4 p.m. Motorists are asked to find a different route if traveling in the area Wednesday afternoon or plan on delays in their morning and afternoon commutes, police said.