Daytime I-65 Patching to Cause Long Delays in Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – Traffic should expect long delays as Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews patch I-65 between County Line Road and State Road 252 before the Thanksgiving travel holiday.

Daytime pavement patching crews will reduce one direction of I-65 to one lane every day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and continue through Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Starting in the spring, 14 miles of I-65 will be widened between the Southport Road and S.R. 44 exits. I-65 pavement has deteriorated such that additional maintenance is needed before next year. Due to the early arrival of winter temperatures, the work cannot be performed at night when traffic is lighter.

Minimizing backups, crashes
INDOT urges traffic to avoid and minimize I-65 traffic backups, which are expected to extend for miles, by using U.S. 31. Dynamic message signs will be posted at the last exit prior to stopped traffic, reminding drivers of alternate routes.

INDOT is also taking steps to minimize crashes when traffic enters the work zone. Temporary signage will reduce the speed limit to 55 mph and warn drivers to watch for stopped traffic. Law enforcement may also be stationed before the end of the queue to reduce speeds.

For area highway information, monitor social media sites:  Facebook and Twitter.  Verify travel plans at TrafficWise.

I-65 Concrete REstoration Project Traffic Restriction

The contractor will be performing punchlist items for the project this weekend. Traffic restrictions will consist of the following:
• Alternating lane closures on I-65 South
• I-65 North driving lane closure
• I-65 South on ramp closure
• Possibly partial ramp closures on all other Exit 68 ramps
The contractor is going to be moving around redoing some partial depth patching, grinding some patches down, and will have to do a couple of full depth patches to fix cracks this weekend.

The plan is that the contractor will have some joints re-sealed the following weekend after the patchwork is performed.

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