South Split Construction Project Completed Ahead of Schedule
The South Split construction project has been reopened two weeks ahead of schedule.
Listen: INDOT's Nathan Riggs with 93 WIBC's Alex Brown
The project, which had Interstates 65 and 70 closed between the north and south splits, was slated to be completed in 59 days. However, contractors were able to complete the project in just 44 days.
INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs says allowing the private sector to bid for the project and adding the 60-thousand dollar per day incentive motivated the contractors to finish the job as quickly as possible. Riggs says the project also came in under budget.
Riggs says drivers shouldn't see much of a difference other than the higher clearances for the bridges in the area. The project was meant to reduce the number of bridge strikes due to oversized loads. He says while the possibility of bridge strikes is still possible, this project should help reduce that possibility and make the roads safer for drivers.
Riggs adds that INDOT will undertake a similar project next year. Crews will work to rebuild and raise the clearance of the East Street bridge over I-70. However, Riggs says while there will be lane restrictions, INDOT does not expect to close the entire interstate during that project.