500 TrafficMay 25th, 2011 at 7:16 am by Julie Patterson under Traffic
The Indiana Department of Transportation will open as many travel lanes and ramps as possible on the city’s west side to help facilitate traffic flow to the Indianapolis 500 track on Memorial Day weekend. Construction crews working Interstate 465 projects at State Road 37/Harding Street, I-70/Sam Jones Expressway, U.S. Highway 40/Washington Street, U.S. 136 and I-74/Crawfordsville Road will discontinue most construction activities at midday Friday, May 27.
At least three lanes are open to motorists in each direction on I-465. Mobility at I-465 construction sites is as follows:
- S.R. 37/Harding Street—two lanes open in both northbound and southbound directions; eastbound I-465 ramp will continue to be restricted to single-lane traffic.
- I-70/Sam Jones Expressway—two I-70 lanes are open in each direction; ramps are open from I-70 and its collector-distributor EXCEPT for I-465 southbound to I-70 eastbound—traffic should detour via Sam Jones eastbound to I-70 eastbound. Two ramps have recently opened to support traffic within this area of construction.
- U.S. 40/Washington Street—two lanes are open in each direction; all ramps are open.
- U.S. 136—motorists are limited to single-lane traffic between Waterfront Parkway West and Crawfordsville Road. There is no ramp access at this time.
- I-74/Crawfordsville Road—two I-74 lanes are open in each direction; ramps are open EXCEPT for the I-465 southbound ramp to Crawfordsville Road which has been closed for a year.
INDOT advises drivers traveling southbound on I-465 to exit at 38th Street, where are traffic lanes will be open. Southbound motorists approaching the Crawfordsville Road exit will be directed to 10th Street.
I-465 interchange/bridge construction at 38th Street, 21st Street, 10th Street and Rockville Road have been completed as part of the $500-million Accelerate 465 Major Moves project that is rebuilding eleven miles of I-465 with added travel lanes and reconfigured interchanges. The multi-contract project also includes pedestrian crossings, noise barriers and other infrastructure improvements.