The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has good news for Southsiders who use I-65 to commute downtown and to the northside with the opening this week of the north section of the north-south split.
The split links I-70 and I-65 downtown. This allows northbound motorists on I-65 to continue to eastbound or westbound I-70 instead of exiting at Washington Street because of the closure to complete north-south widening and improvements.
Opening of the north split lifts the recommended detour on I-465 to reach I-70 and I-65.
Motorists may expect multiple short-term lane restrictions as crews install pavement markings and move barrels to open the lanes. With the new movements, motorists will be able to travel along I-65 through the North Split interchange from both directions.
As a reminder, under the permanent North Split interchange configuration, there will no longer be access to I-65 southbound via the Delaware/11th Street ramp and access to the Meridian/Pennsylvania Street exit will only be available through I-65 northbound.
Access to downtown Indianapolis will be maintained via: I-70 WB collector/distributor (C/D) exit ramp to Michigan Street; I-65 NB/ I-70 EB exit ramp to Washington Street; I-70 WB to Martin Luther King, Jr./West Street; I-65 SB to Meridian Street; I-65 SB to West Street; and all existing ramps on I-70 west of the South Split.
Ohio Street and Meridian/Pennsylvania exit ramps off I-65 remain under construction. All ramps and movements are expected to be open by the end of May.
Crews will continue work on local street paving and aesthetics, including planting, throughout spring and summer
INDOT contends that the project’s completion provides for safer, more free-flowing travel for the thousands of motorists who use the interchange each day. The new system features a smaller footprint and increases the walkability of surrounding downtown Indianapolis neighborhoods. The redesigned interchange improves safety by eliminating weaving and merging, leading to better traffic flow.
On the Southside, motorists continue to be aware of I-69 construction on the State Road 37 as it affects traffic at the Southport Road interchange and northbound to I-465.
Traffic also is restricted to one less lane eastbound and westbound on I-465. Eventually a new interchange that connects I-465 to I-69 will be constructed between Harding Street (S.R. 37) and White River.