Motorists should expect long delays in the Castleton area this weekend and a new I-465 southbound traffic pattern next week south of I-69.
Striping crews expect to reduce I-465 eastbound and southbound traffic to one lane from Allisonville Road to 56th Street. The work will also reduce the I-69 southbound ramp to I-465 southbound to one lane and temporarily close the Allisonville Road on-ramp to I-465 eastbound. The ramp and lane closures begin after 9 p.m. Friday and continue through the day on Saturday and Sunday.
Eastbound I-465 traffic should seek alternate routes and be prepared to slow or stop suddenly. All lanes and ramps for northbound and westbound I-465 are expected to remain open through the work zone with a reduced speed limit of 45 mph.
Striping crews will be shifting all I-465 southbound toward the center median to begin rebuilding and adding lanes south of I-69. The new work zone traffic pattern is expected to reopen to all lanes and ramps by Sunday evening.
After the traffic shift this weekend, motorists will see crews begin rebuilding the pavement to add new travel lanes along the outside shoulders. Regrading the side slopes and ditches for added travel lanes will require noise barriers along I-465 to be removed from 75th Street to Skiles Test Nature Park. They’re expected to be replaced in about a year.
A total of seven noise barrier sections are planned along I-465 and I-69 with both the highway and residential sides expected to closely match the light gray ashlar stone texture of existing panels on the north and east sides of Indianapolis.
If you have questions about the noise barrier panels or would like to see a sample, use one of the three contact methods below and ask to speak with the Clear Path 465 project team. You can learn more about INDOT’s noise policy here.
71st Street and Multi-Use Trail
I-465 crews are continuing work over East 71st Street and expect to focus on bridge and retaining wall construction after the Memorial Day weekend. This next phase of bridgework is expected to close the multi-use trail crossing to all traffic for about two months beginning on or after Tuesday, May 31.
The multi-use trail closures are limited to a total of 365 days during Clear Path 465 construction to minimize impacts to non-motorized traffic. The project team is working through the construction schedule to look for ways to reduce the frequency and duration of future trail closures. Pedestrians and bicyclists should not try to bypass barricades or fencing installed for their safety.
East 71st Street remains closed to car and truck traffic through late this year. Click here to see a map of the detour over Shadeland Avenue, 75th Street and Binford Boulevard.
Are you new to the Clear Path 465 project? It is divided into two construction contracts, the first of which began construction on I-465 this spring between the Fall Creek and White River bridges.
The project team is developing the second construction contract, which is on schedule to be advertised for contractor bids late this year. It will improve about one mile of the I-69 and Binford Boulevard corridor, including the I-465 and 82nd Street interchanges.
Watch this short Project Overview video to learn more about Clear Path 465.