Local Street Closures, Lane Shifts Planned throughout the North Split Project Area this Week

MARION COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced today upcoming overnight closures on Alabama Street between 11th and 12th streets for partial demolition of the I-65 bridge over Alabama Street. Previous lane shifts allow four travel lanes to be maintained in each direction on I-65 and the Pennsylvania/Meridian Street exit to remain open. This work is part of the nearly $320 million project to redesign and reconstruct the I-65/I-70 North Split interchange in the northeast corner of downtown Indianapolis.

Alabama Street Overnight Closures
The first overnight closure on Alabama Street is expected to begin on or after Tuesday March 2 at 7 p.m. between 11th and 12th Streets. Alabama Street will close nightly from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge demolition work on the I-65 bridge over Alabama Street. Work is expected to be complete on or after Tuesday, March 9, weather dependent. While Alabama Street is closed to traffic between 11th and 12th streets, local northbound and southbound traffic should use Central and Fort Wayne avenues as the detour route around the temporary closures.

I-70 Traffic Shifts
Traffic shifts on westbound I-70 for work on the eastern portion of the project are expected to occur Friday and Sunday nights and will require overnight lane restrictions. I-70 westbound from near Emerson Avenue (mile marker 86.1) to the North Split (mile marker 83.3) will be restricted to one lane of through traffic beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, February 26 through 5 a.m. the next morning, weather dependent. Crews are expected to complete the traffic shift on the westbound lanes of I-70 in this area from 7 p.m. Sunday, February 28 until 5 a.m. Monday morning. One lane of through traffic will be maintained throughout.

Saturday night crews will be shifting traffic on approximately two miles of roadway from northbound I-65 over St. Clair Street to I-70 eastbound, and on eastbound I-70 from College Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue. One lane of through traffic will remain open on eastbound I-70 from 9 p.m. Saturday, February 27 through 5 a.m. Sunday, weather dependent.

I-70 Barrier Wall Installation
Overnight lane restrictions on eastbound and westbound I-70 are anticipated to begin the evening of Monday, March 1 through the morning of Thursday, March 4 while barrier wall is installed. I-70 westbound from Keystone Avenue to the North Split will be restricted to three lanes of through traffic from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Monday and Tuesday nights. I-70 eastbound from Lewis Street to Roosevelt Avenue will be restricted to three lanes of through traffic from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Daytime Pile Driving at Central Avenue and Saint Clair Street
Daytime pile driving on the Michigan Street exit ramp over Saint Clair Street and retaining wall excavation that began last week are expected to continue through Wednesday, March 3 and Friday, March 5, respectively (pending weather). The Michigan Street exit remains closed until late spring 2021.

In addition to this work, daytime pile driving is expected on or after Friday, March 12 through Friday, March 19 for reconstruction of the I-65 bridge over Central Avenue. Piles are driven into the ground to provide foundation support for the bridge and this work is being completed during the day to minimize noise impacts on adjacent neighborhoods.

Detailed maps with construction-related closure and access information can be found on the North Split website: northsplit.com/maps/.

INDOT encourages drivers to slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

For up-to-date project information, visit Northsplit.com or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311. Follow the North Split project’s progress on social media at:

Stay informed
Indiana motorists can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time throughout the state, here: https://www.in.gov/indot/2420.htm.

For details on the lane restrictions and closures associated with the current work, please visit Traffic Wise and 511 Cars for more information.

About the Indiana Department of Transportation
Over the past 100 years, INDOT has transformed the state of Indiana into the Crossroads of America we know today. With six district offices and 3,500 employees, the agency is responsible for constructing and maintaining more than 29,000 lane miles of highways, more than 5,700 bridges, and supporting 4,500 rail miles and 117 airports across the state. Indiana once again ranked #1 in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2019 “America’s Top States for Business” ranking. Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.

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