North Break up Interchange in downtown Indianapolis closes for 18 months this weekend – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The state’s second largest transportation hub is slated to close to drivers on Saturday in preparation for an 18-month project.
“We’re demolishing these bridges, rebuilding them, and the infrastructure will be completely new,” said Mallory Duncan, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
The North Split Interchange project is expected to close I-65 and I-70 between North Split and Washington Streets.
“If you don’t need to go downtown, please use our detour route, which is around 465,” said Duncan.
The aim is to rebuild old roads and bridges. It will also improve its design.
“We see a lot of this congestion, which leads to quite dangerous crashes and situations,” said Duncan.
INDOT adds that the I-65 / I-70 North Split Interchange was built almost 50 years ago and is now at the end of its useful life. Some people say this change is necessary.
“It’s going to be great for the city as a whole,” said Elite Back and Body owner Caleb Boucher. “It will be an adjustment period for the next 18 months. Hopefully once the construction is complete it will improve the flow of traffic in this area. “
Motorists can still access and exit downtown from I-70 west to Michigan or Ohio Street. INDOT says although thousands of drivers will be affected by the design, store entrances will not be blocked. Boucher says he makes sure his customers are customized.
“The 18 months will be difficult at first, but I will let my patients know in advance that there will be a closure so they can redirect their direction here,” Boucher said.
He believes the flow of traffic could even bring business.
“People see the logo all the time and call,” Boucher said. “They didn’t realize we were here, that we were a local chiropractor,” Boucher said. “So it could really help push the business a bit.”
Some have concerns.
“I also ride my bike out of downtown and I’m sure that with some of this construction and the closure of some of these other streets, there will be more cars to worry about,” said Robert Oehler, a resident of Indianapolis.
The construction work is expected to be completed in autumn 2022. Visitors are encouraged to visit the building North Split project website for more informations.