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North Split to Be Rebuilt to Ease Traffic on I-65, I-70

50-year-old design forces drivers to make mad dash across traffic lanes after getting on highway

INDIANAPOLIS - INDOT will rebuild one of Indiana's busiest interchanges, in the heart of Indianapolis.

The north split of I-65 and I-70 handles 170,000 vehicles a day. INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness says not only is the 50-year-old road at capacity, but its design is problematic. There are several points where you get on the highway and immediately have to cut across several lanes of traffic to get to the lane you need.

INDOT will call for bids sometime next year, and will ask contractors for ideas on how to reconfigure the interchange. It'll also ask bidders to be innovative in plans for minimizing traffic disruptions during construction, though McGuinness says it's possible the highway could be closed for a while to accommodate construction. 

The construction zone will extend a mile in either direction, from the split south to Washington Street and from Meridian east to Keystone/Rural.

The project won't start for at least two years, and possible not until 2021. INDOT says it'll cost somewhere around a quarter-billion dollars, but that figure could go higher or lower once the design proposals come in. The project will be paid for with proceeds from the gas tax hike and new B-M-V fees which took effect in July.

(Photo: Indiana Department of Transportation)

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