Senior staff writer
Motorists using Interstate 65 between Southport Road and Main Street in Greenwood finally have smooth travels for their commutes between Greenwood and Indianapolis.
New southbound and northbound lanes opened Oct. 22, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 23 at Johnstone Supply Co. near Southport Road.
“There are four different projects to expand and improve I-65 going on at the same time,” INDOT’s Harry Maginity said of projects from Southport Road to Edinburgh. “Crews worked 24/7 between Southport Road and Main Street, where they made up lost time due to rainy weather to complete the improvements on time.”
Motorists added to clogged traffic on Emerson, Arlington and Madison avenues to avoid construction delays on I-65. There could be some off-peak closures to complete shoulder paving and striping.
With work on I-65 from Main Street to Worthsville Road, motorists will continue to use U.S. 31 in Johnson County to evade congestion. Construction continues on the I-65 bridge over Main Street with lane shifts and the new Worthsville Road interchange.
Improvements to the 9-mile stretch of I-65 between Greenwood and Franklin are expected to be finished by Thanksgiving Day 2016. Work also continues on I-65 bridges between Franklin and Edinburgh.
INDOT officials and Road Construction Awareness Corp. representatives joined in announcing a partnership to install new signs on interstates to promote the safety of workers, beginning on I-65 with a southbound lane sign one-half mile north of Southport Road and a northbound sign on I-65 two miles north of U.S. 31 near Edinburgh.
The 8- by 15-foot orange panel signs remind motorists to “Slow Down, Save A Life” while approaching and traveling through construction zones.
INDOT officials also took part in a ceremony to commemorate opening of the 4-mile stretch between Southport Road and Main Street, which cost $36 million to widen and improve.