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Long Delays Expected On I-65 This Weekend
Updated June 19, 2014 10:36 AM | Filed under: Transportation
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(UNDATED) - If you have plans to travel south of Columbus on Interstate 65 this weekend, you may want to give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says that contractors for will accelerate their efforts to complete work by adding crews and working through the weekend along I-65 between Seymour and Scottsburg. INDOT officials say traffic back-ups could create significant delays.

This weekend's accelerated work schedule, along with a second acceleration weekend slated for July, is expected to shorten I-65's construction timeline-to-completion by six to eight weeks.

Instead of ceasing operations at 1 p.m. Friday, INDOT says workers will return to the I-65 worksite to labor around-the-clock continuously through next Friday at 1 p.m. There will be simultaneous lane closures at a number of locations, both northbound and southbound, between mile markers 52 and 29.

Closures include:

  • FRIDAY EVENING: I-65 northbound left lane at mile marker 32.0
  • SUNDAY EVENING: I-65 southbound right lane at mile marker 47.0 and 41.0
  • U.S. 31 to Southbound I-65 entrance ramp (Exit 36/Crothersville)
  • State Road 250 to Southbound I-65 entrance ramp (Exit 41/Uniontown)
  • Lane closures for milling and paving at various locations
INDOT officials anticipate traffic delays and stoppages with lines of vehicles extending for several miles on Friday and Sunday afternoons. On Friday, delays in both directions are expected to peak between 3 and 7 p.m. On Sunday, I-65 northbound delays will be significant between 2 and 10 p.m., with traffic expected to back up as far as seven miles from 6 to 8 p.m. U.S. Highway 31, paralleling I-65, will also experience heavy congestion during Friday and Sunday afternoon travel times. INDOT adds that all of these plans are dependent on the weather.

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