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Update on I-69 Extension in Indiana

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--- Quote from: ITB on February 07, 2023, 12:45:51 PM ---
Winter's all but over here in central and southern Indiana. High temps are forecast to be in the 40s and 50s for the next two weeks, with only one day expected to drop into the high 30s. That leaves only a window of two weeks or so for a cold snap. It's looking increasingly unlikely that will happen. If it snows again, which is certainly possible, it will melt quickly as it usually does in late February and early March. For road construction, this mild weather — can we say "early spring" — is a plus, plus. We might very well see an early start to the construction season.

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Apparently winter's over for every part of the state. To date, we've had less than 10 inches of snow in total, and never more than 2-3 inches on the ground at any one time.


--- Quote from: ITB on February 07, 2023, 12:45:51 PM ---Here's a few of the State Road 144 work zone. Photos were taken Sunday, February 5, 2023, unless otherwise noted.

Looking east toward CR 144 from the eastern roundabout of the SR 144 interchange.

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I see concrete formed to look like brick and think, "Wow, will that ever be slick when it rains."

That's just the truck apron around that roundabout, the main traffic part is normally paved as per SOP.


For month of March--Over the course of two weekends in March the traffic patterns on I-465 on the southwest side of Indianapolis will change dramatically.  The new configuration will allow I-69 Finish Line to enter its next phase of construction: widening and rebuilding I-465 eastbound, which will include a new bridge over the White River.

The work needed to move all traffic onto the westbound lanes of I-465 is very weather dependent – temperatures can’t be too cold and pavement has to be completely dry.  Crews are targeting the weekends of March 10-13 and March 17-20 to make the switch, but those dates are subject to change.
465/Harding--During the first weekend traffic on westbound I-465 between I-65 and I-70 will be limited to a single lane from 8 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. The restrictions will allow crews to shift westbound lanes to the north in preparation for an eastbound switch later in the month.

To reduce traffic volume and conflict points, several westbound entrance ramps onto I-465 will close during the weekend double lane restrictions. From Friday at 8 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m. access to I-465 westbound from I-65 southbound, I-65 northbound, U.S. 31 southbound, U.S. 31 northbound, and S.R 37 (Harding Street) will be closed.

During the second weekend, eastbound I-465 will be restricted to a single lane of traffic from 8 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday.  The double lane closure on eastbound I-465 will allow crews to shift all I-465 traffic onto the westbound lanes.

To reduce traffic volume and conflict points, several eastbound entrance ramps to I-465 will close during the weekend double lane restrictions. From Friday 8 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m. access to I-465 eastbound from I-70 eastbound, S.R. 67 (Kentucky Avenue), Mann Road, S.R. 37 (Harding Street), U.S. 31 southbound, and U.S. 31 northbound will be closed.

Be sure to follow I-69 Finish Line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest on the timing of the two weekends of lane restrictions and ramp closures.  There will be more details and traffic maps in next week’s On Track.

Took some photos today. Nothing special. I was hoping to meander into the I-69/I-465 interchange work zone, but, surprisingly, work was underway. And this was Sunday, a little after 5 pm. Just a couple of dozers plugging away, but that made it an active site, so it was a no go. Anyway, I snapped a few from the Epler Avenue bridge work zone and a few more from the Southport Road overpass, both of which were inactive.

Photos were taken Sunday, April 2, 2023, unless otherwise noted.

In Marion County, looking northwest from the new Epler Avenue bridge that will go over I-69. Pictured is the path of mainline I-69. Now, it seems as if the road will be constructed on top of the dirt. But that's isn't so because that mound is a surcharge that has been placed to help compact the soil underneath. The following picture helps show this.

New Epler Avenue bridge and surcharge mound of dirt in the background; looking northwest. At some point, probably this summer, crews will begin to remove the surcharge, in preparation for the construction of the mainline that will pass under the overpass.

Slightly closer look.

And they'll be moving that dirt with these behemoths. These articulated dump trucks are big. Really big. The photo doesn't quite convey how large they really are.

Another vantage point of the Epler Avenue bridge; looking north.

Looking northwest again from the Epler Avenue overpass. Note the long MSE wall on the right. It's still challenging to determine what part of the interchange is what, but it seems that MSE wall will help support the ramp from I-69 northbound to I-465 eastbound.

Closer look. In the background is the bridge where beams were recently placed. I'm not sure what that bridge will carry, but it's possible it will be the ramp from northbound I-69 to I-465 west.

Slightly closer view.

And here's that bridge from another viewpoint; looking east.

Earth work on the western edge of the I-69/I-465 work zone; looking northwest. Looks like grading is underway for the exit ramp from I-465 east to I-69 south.

Dozer moving dirt at the I-69/I-465 work zone; looking east. The bridge pictured above is just to the right out of view.

Another perspective of the I-69/I-465 work zone from the Epler Avenue overpass; looking northwest.

Looking southeast from the Epler Avenue bridge. The I-69 mainline will be coming right through here. State Road 37 is in the background.

Different vantage point looking southeast from Epler.

Another view of the recently built Epler Avenue bridge; looking northwest.

One more looking northwest from near the Epler bridge.


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