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I-65 Indiana
« on: November 02, 2019, 09:00:55 PM »

Will INDOT add anymore exits between Indianapolis and Louisville.

Columbus could use another exit trying to get from one side of town to I-65 thru downtown is a pain.

I saw the Widening of 65 between Columbus and Seymour is progressing nicely.

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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2019, 01:05:33 AM »

don't think so.  only thing i know they are doing in that area is the 65 widening and an exit at SR46 and 11 west of downtown
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2019, 02:03:16 AM »

I-65 from SR 46 north to SR 44 in Franklin could really use a widening though. Although I get that the entire highway should be six lanes from Louisville to Indianapolis I still don't get why US 50 to SR 58 (not even the main or busiest Columbus exit) got selected for widening. I'm just worried that in high traffic times there will be backups in two random locations when the six lanes go back down to four.

As for any additional exit for Columbus, I'm sure the Driftwood and White Rivers make it hard for another road to lead out from Columbus toward the interstate among other things.
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2019, 08:51:29 AM »

I-65 from SR 46 north to SR 44 in Franklin could really use a widening though. Although I get that the entire highway should be six lanes from Louisville to Indianapolis I still don't get why US 50 to SR 58 (not even the main or busiest Columbus exit) got selected for widening. I'm just worried that in high traffic times there will be backups in two random locations when the six lanes go back down to four.

As for any additional exit for Columbus, I'm sure the Driftwood and White Rivers make it hard for another road to lead out from Columbus toward the interstate among other things.

As someone who drives I-65 between Indy and Louisville quite a bit, I can tell you that the slowdowns aren't generally related to traffic volume, they come whenever trucks going 66 mph are passing trucks going 65 mph, and those happen everywhere.  Doing a section in the middle first actually helps more as to providing a way to get around the trucks than doing more at each end.  I do think the IN 44 to US 31 section will probably be the next one to get done, and IN 56 to Memphis will probably come after that, with the rest getting filled in later.

Also, there are parts north of Indy that badly need expanding, namely IN 38 to US 52.
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 05:19:12 AM »

I-65 from SR 46 north to SR 44 in Franklin could really use a widening though. Although I get that the entire highway should be six lanes from Louisville to Indianapolis I still don't get why US 50 to SR 58 (not even the main or busiest Columbus exit) got selected for widening. I'm just worried that in high traffic times there will be backups in two random locations when the six lanes go back down to four.

As for any additional exit for Columbus, I'm sure the Driftwood and White Rivers make it hard for another road to lead out from Columbus toward the interstate among other things.

As someone who drives I-65 between Indy and Louisville quite a bit, I can tell you that the slowdowns aren't generally related to traffic volume, they come whenever trucks going 66 mph are passing trucks going 65 mph, and those happen everywhere.  Doing a section in the middle first actually helps more as to providing a way to get around the trucks than doing more at each end.  I do think the IN 44 to US 31 section will probably be the next one to get done, and IN 56 to Memphis will probably come after that, with the rest getting filled in later.

Also, there are parts north of Indy that badly need expanding, namely IN 38 to US 52.

Looking at the projects on INDOT's webpage, there will be an expansion from north of the Memphis exit to Scottsburg (12.4 miles, not scheduled to start until Q3 of 2023). Starting next year in Q4, though, expansion will start from SR 58 to SR 46 (4 miles) in Columbus.

The good news is that expansion north of Lebanon from north of SR 32 to north of SR 47 will also start in Q4 of 2020 (although only 5.7 miles long).
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 11:09:08 AM »

Looking at the projects on INDOT's webpage, there will be an expansion from north of the Memphis exit to Scottsburg (12.4 miles, not scheduled to start until Q3 of 2023). Starting next year in Q4, though, expansion will start from SR 58 to SR 46 (4 miles) in Columbus.

The good news is that expansion north of Lebanon from north of SR 32 to north of SR 47 will also start in Q4 of 2020 (although only 5.7 miles long).

From the Indiana Notes thread:
From bottom to top:

IN/KY line to Memphis (16 miles) - already 3+ lanes
Memphis to US 50 (34 miles) - 2 lanes with no action planned
US 50 to IN 58 (14 miles) - currently being widened to 3 lanes
IN 58 to IN 46 (4 miles) - planned for widening to 3 lanes
IN 46 to IN 44 (22 miles) - 2 lanes with no action planned
IN 44 to I-465 westside (33 miles) - already 3+ lanes
I-465 westside to I-865 (6 miles) - 2 lanes with no action planned
I-865 to IN 32 (11 miles) - already 3 lanes
IN 32 to IN 47 (6 miles) - planned for widening to 3 lanes
IN 47 to IN 38 (22 miles) - 2 lanes with no action planned
IN 38 to IN 25 (7 miles) - already 3 lanes
IN 25 to IN 2 (65 miles) - 2 lanes with no action planned
IN 2 to US 12/20 (22 miles) - already 3+ lanes

So by my count there are still 149 miles that have yet to had any planning begun for expansion.

With the addition of this Memphis to Scottsburg project, that should leave about 137 miles left to finish the widening in the state.
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 10:10:08 PM »

Will INDOT add anymore exits between Indianapolis and Louisville.

Columbus could use another exit trying to get from one side of town to I-65 thru downtown is a pain.

I saw the Widening of 65 between Columbus and Seymour is progressing nicely.

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I thought there was a plan to add another exit around Franklin just north of IN-44.
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 11:16:35 PM »

The mayor of Franklin does want a second exit at Earlywood Drive north of the SR 44 interchange.

This article has more info on that: http://www.dailyjournal.net/2019/02/15/the_citys_momentum_is_building/
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2019, 06:22:55 AM »

I thought I'd quickly give an update on this corridor. It appears that I-65 is now essentially six lanes from between SR 11 (Exit 55) and SR 58 (Exit 64) in Bartholomew and Jackson Counties. I drove this way the other day and it felt very weird having this modern six-lane freeway in this area. Northbound had three lanes open while southbound still had two, but it looked as if the third lane could open very soon. US 50 to SR 11 still looks like a work in progress, likely to be finished sometime next year.
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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2020, 04:03:31 PM »

Does anyone here know what the deal is with the bridges carrying I-65 over Brownstown Road, at mile 21 or so? This rather horrifying Streetview from 2009 shows the beams supporting the I-65 deck being shored up with steel I-beams as though the concrete bents have been judged badly deficient structurally. It's both bridges, not just one,  and the 2018 view shows that the bridges were subsequently removed and replaced in their entirety.

The really weird thing about this is that there are many bridges of this same design on the first 50 miles or so of I-65, both carrying and crossing over the Interstate. Many of them have had their superstructures removed and replaced, but retain the original bents, as though they're ready for another fifty years' service. Not at Brownstown Road, though.

 :hmmm: :hmmm: :hmmm:

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Re: I-65 Indiana
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2020, 07:44:40 PM »

don't think so.  only thing i know they are doing in that area is the 65 widening and an exit at SR46 and 11 west of downtown
Milestone has been posting pictures looks like its progressing nicely

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