I-69 restriction begins Wednesday night

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans to restrict traffic lanes on I-69 at the 116th Street and State Road 37 interchange (Exit 5) this week.  Alternating lane restrictions will be necessary overnight Wednesday to put a work zone traffic configuration into place.

Milestone Contractors, the state’s contractor for the $18 million Operation Indy Commute project, will restrict one traffic lane at a time on northbound I-69 as crews modify pavement markings to restrict northbound I-69 to two lanes beginning at the exit ramp to 116th Street and State Road 37 (Exit 5).  The far left lane and the inside right lane restrictions are scheduled until October.

On Thursday, May 3, crews will restrict the left lane of northbound I-69 approaching Exit 5 to install temporary concrete barrier wall.  Overnight restrictions will take place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and all ramp lanes are expected to remain open.  These restrictions will be postponed if it rains.

Milestone plans to proceed with the restrictions in order to begin construction on the new double-lane flyover ramp to State Road 37.  Milestone originally planned to implement the traffic configuration in early June, but will begin erecting bridge piers earlier to ensure completion this year.

Milestone will continue nighttime lane restrictions for pavement widening on the 116th Street loop ramp, the State Road 37 flyover ramp and the collector-distributor connecting the ramps to I-69.  These restrictions will take place Monday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The Operation Indy Commute project is an initiative by INDOT to strategically eliminate recurring commuting bottlenecks on I-69 in Marion and Hamilton Counties.  The program is modeled after successful, quick-turnaround traffic flow improvements built in other states under the Federal Highway Administration’s Localized Bottleneck Reduction Program.  For more information on Operation Indy Commute, visit www.indycommute.indot.in.gov.

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