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REMINDER: I-70 into North Split closes at midnight

INDOT will close I-70 from the east side of Indianapolis into downtown for a month.
INDOT crews work on I-70 eastbound near Arlington Ave. Thursday, April 23, 2020. They will close the westbound side into downtown Indianapolis Friday, April 24. (Courtesy INDOT)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 between I-465 and the North Split will close at midnight Friday and remain closed for 30 days.

INDOT is taking advantage of fewer people on the roads during Indiana's stay-at-home order to speed up construction projects in the works.

Closures expected beginning April 13, 2020 for construction projects on I-70 in Indianapolis. (INDOT)

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 closed between the North Split to Interstate 465 on April 13 for 30 days. All lanes and ramps are now closed.

The stay-at-home order has dropped the amount of traffic approximately 40 percent on average throughout Indianapolis, according to INDOT. That's compared to the week before the stay-at-home order went into effect.

INDOT will take this time to accelerate previously planned construction projects, so they'll be ready before major events are rescheduled.

INDOT data shows changes in traffic flow since before Gov. Eric Holcomb's stay-at-home order went into effect. (INDOT)

If you do need to travel in the I-70 corridor, here are detours:

  • From the airport to I-70 eastbound: Take I-70 eastbound to I-465 southbound to I-70 eastbound
  • From downtown Indianapolis to I-70 eastbound: Take I-65 southbound to I-465 eastbound to I-70 eastbound
  • From I-70 westbound to downtown Indianapolis: Take I-465 southbound to I-65 northbound to downtown Indianapolis
  • From I-70 westbound to the airport: Take I-465 southbound to I-70 westbound on the southwest side

The eastbound I-70 lanes and ramps are scheduled to be reopened on May 13. The westbound I-70 lanes and ramps are scheduled to reopen May 23.