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38th St. Ramps Reopening

Ramp restoration project nears its end at busy Indianapolis interchange.

(Photo Credit: WISH TV)

In early July, the ramps at 38th St. and Kessler Blvd. closed for a restoration project, and drivers have been treated to a labyrinth of reroutes around the 38th St/I-65 corridor on the northwest side ever since. 

This created another traffic splurge in the Indianapolis metro area, during a construction season that’s been… let’s say… animated.

38th Kessler

(Photo Credit: Department of Public Works)

But through some heady questioning from a @WIBCTraffic listener, we found out the ramp project is nearing its end and the ramps will reopen soon:

That’s good news! All of the 38th St/Kessler ramps are scheduled to reopen by Tuesday, September 17th. Rejoice - call someone you love.

Yeah, but that's not it. We have a host of weekend road work to deal, and a stretch of I-70 that became infamous as a result of the I-465 closure. In fact, let's go ahead and say that...


I-70 IS A DISASTER

I-465 Closure

The I-465 closure on the southeast side is in place for another week (Southbound/Westbound lanes, I-70 to I-65), meaning inbound I-70 will continue being the absolute worst stretch of interstate in Indianapolis. Traffic brews up well before peak rush hour times and continues to mess with us throughout the day. 

Take a look. This is inbound I-70 at Emerson Ave. early in the morning rush:

70 Emerson

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

Inbound I-70 at Arlington Ave., early morning:

70 Arlington

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

Inbound I-70 at Shadeland Ave., near the end of morning rush. 

70 Shadeland

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

Inbound I-70 at Sherman Dr., evening rush. This stretch of I-70 is usually pretty clean during the afternoon. Eastbound lanes, not so much, but westbound lanes are normally doable. 

70 Sherman

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

"We  got a little convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight?"

Inbound I-70 at Rural St./Keystone Ave. during evening rush. 

70 Rural Keystone

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

In the above pictures, the traffic is natural, as in only affected by volume. Crashes were not adding to the buildup.

The I-465 closure on the southeast side continues for another full week of commutes (9/16 - 9/20). The obvious reroute around the backup is Washington St./U.S. 40, but that and other side streets really get stuffy during rush hour.

Safe travels, and hopefully you'll catch a break or two.


BEST OF THE REST

Weeekend work continues across the board. Check the list below for your favorite (or least favorite) road and how it'll be affected:

Full Closures

  • Southbound/Westbound I-465 from I-65 to I-70 on southeast side of Indianapolis

          ALL LANES CLOSED

          Detour: Follow I-65 and I-70 through downtown Indianapolis, or follow the I-465 outer loop

Lane Restrictions

  • Eastbound I-465 from Keystone Ave. to College Ave. 

          Two lanes open

          Friday 7pm to Monday 6am

  • Southbound I-465 SB from Pendleton Pike to I-70

          Three lanes open

          *Use the RIGHT TWO LANES to get to Westbound I-70, and the LEFT LANE to get on Eastbound I-70

          Now until the end of I-465 full closure 

  • Westbound/Southbound I-465 (Northwest side) from Meridian St./U.S. 31 to 56th St.

          Left lane closed 

          Friday 8pm to Sunday 1pm

  • Eastbound and Westbound I-865 from I-465 to I-65

          One lane open in each direction

          Now through October 9th

  • Northbound and Southbound I-65 from Little Eagle Creek to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. (Exit 117) (northwest side)

          Two lanes open in each direction

          Now through October 3 

Weekend Map Roads

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

Ramp Closures

  • Pendleton Pike to Southbound I-465

          Now through the end of I-465 Full Closure 

  • Westbound I-70 to Northbound I-465

          Friday 9pm to Saturday 6pm

  • Southbound U.S. 31 to Eastbound I-465

          Friday 9pm to Sunday 6pm

  • Northbound I-65 to Lafayette Rd 

          Friday 8pm to Monday at 6am

  • Lafayette Road to Northbound I-65

          Friday 8pm to Monday 6am 

Ramp Closures

(Photo Credit: INDOT)

Hey! Those Southeastern Ramps are Still CLOSED!

Yup. As part of the I-465 closure (above) on the southeast side, the Southeastern Ave. ramps and bridge are also closed until September 21st at 11:59pm:

Southeastern

Plan accordingly. Just one more week of this sucktitude. 


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-Bair


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