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INDOT reopens I-70 lanes between airport and South Split 5 days early

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were supposed to be closed through Sunday, but the orange barrels came down Tuesday evening.
Credit: INDOT
INDOT crews removed barriers on the eastbound lanes of I-70 on the west side Tuesday evening.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation has reopened the eastbound lanes of I-70 from the west side to downtown nearly a week ahead of schedule.

The interstate was expected to be closed between the Indianapolis International Airport and the south split until June 28 as crews worked to patch concrete and work on bridge joints and decks during the closure. 

Tuesday evening, INDOT tweeted photos of crews removing orange barrels from the worksite, which stretched from Ronald Reagan Parkway to downtown. 

Westbound lanes from the South Split to Ronald Reagan Parkway are scheduled to close on June 26 and reopen on July 30 for similar work.

All collector lanes will be open to and from the Indianapolis International Airport during the full closures.

These closures will remain in effect during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Courtesy INDOT

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During the closures, drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes and plan extra time to travel.

  • I-70 westbound to the airport - Take I-465 southbound around to the Ronald Reagan collector lanes to get to the airport; or continue north on I-465 to get back to I-70 westbound.

INDOT is moving up the planned construction on I-70 to get the work done before the Aug. 23 Indianapolis 500 and other events that were rescheduled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Full interstate closures are being used to reduce the overall construction time, keep workers safe and maximize use of taxpayer dollars.