Clear Path Connection: Project Update Newsletter

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Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and representatives from the highway construction industry last week to mark Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. It’s the official kick-off for the road construction season and raises awareness for the message of “Slow Down, Save a Life, We’re All in this Together”.

The Clear Path 465 project is one of many in the Indy metro area, and work crews are asking you to help keep their workspace safe. The I-465 speed limit is reduced to 45 mph between Fall Creek and North Keystone Avenue. The reduced speed limit is for your safety and others.

Out of every five people killed in highway work zones, one is a highway worker and four are road users. Police are patrolling for traffic violations in construction zones, and the fine for first-time speeding citations is $300. Drivers who injure a highway worker can pay $10,000 and serve up to six years in prison.

Traffic patterns in active work zones often change, and spring rains can make temporary pavement markings and traffic shifts harder to see, especially at night. Narrow lanes allow less room to recover if a vehicle hydroplanes.  Leaving extra room between vehicles is always a good idea.

Please remember to slow down and save a life.  We’re all in this together.

The closure of East 71st Street and the adjacent multi-use trail at I-465 has been rescheduled to on

Clear Path 465 contractors have been patching potholes at night as weather allows. Crumbling pavement is being removed and areas patched with hot asphalt for a more permanent repair.

Thank you for your patience as some of the areas reported by the public were addressed, including the northbound I-465 ramp to northbound I-69 and eastbound I-465 near Allisonville Road. Watch for more nighttime lane and shoulder closures for pothole patching. Let us know if you see new potholes or any other safety issues by referencing Clear Path 465 when calling 855-INDOT4U (855-463-6848) or emailing INDOT@indot.in.gov.

In addition to adding lanes for traffic, the Clear Path 465 will rebuild road and ramp pavement in phases from the ground up, minimizing the need for future maintenance.

I-69

The former Carvana building was demolished late last month. Expect to see crews removing the parking lot and regrading the soil in preparation for future construction.

Earth-moving equipment has also piled a large volume of milled pavement inside the I-69 interchange at I-465. This is for a temporary southbound I-69 ramp to westbound I-465 expected to open later this year.

I-465

Where traffic is shifted with solid white lane markings, crews are removing concrete behind temporary barriers. New overhead sign foundations and temporary traffic crossovers are being installed.

Once sign foundation and traffic crossover work is complete, expect I-465 traffic to shift toward the center median south of I-69. The shift is expected in late April or early May.

The traffic shift will allow road crews to begin widening the I-465 lanes, which includes removal and replacement of some existing noise barrier. Removal of the noise barriers along southbound I-465 from 75th Street to 65th Street is expected to begin in May. New barriers will be installed within a year after side slopes and ditches are regraded.

East 71st Street and the multi-use trail remain closed to traffic while crews begin widening the I-465 bridge overhead. The detour follows Shadeland Avenue, 75th Street and Binford Boulevard. East 71st Street is expected to reopen in late May.

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