Surprise! I-65 West St. Ramps REOPENED!
The interstate gods offered a rare smile and wink to the weary commuters of Indianapolis by opening a major part of the downtown I-65 closure nearly a week early. As of Monday afternoon, the West St. bridge rehabilitation project was completed and the ramps reopened for business - just in time for evening rush:
Here’s the latest on the I-65 closures, named appropriately #I65Sucks by @WIBCTraffic and listeners alike:
- West St. on/off-ramps are now open and completely accessible, and commuters can travel either northbound or southbound freely with interruption or closures.
- Southbound I-65 is still closed at 21st St, as commuters are forced off at the 21st St. off-ramp.
- Northbound I-65 is still closed at Meridian St/Pennsylvania St. (Exit 113), as commuters are forced off at Meridian St/Penn.
- Southbound I-65 is still closed at I-465 on the northwest side - or Pike Township - forcing drivers to reroute on I-465 or I-865.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) says the rest of the project is on schedule to be finished this Sunday.
Needless to say, this is a huge break for the 60,000+ traveling in and out of downtown Indianapolis this week for Gen Con.
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