INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is providing a progress update on the North Split reconstruction project one year after the interchange’s full closure.
Since May 15, 2021, North Split construction crews have:
- Successfully demolished 38 of 51 bridges in need of repair
- Placed 217 of 390 precast concrete beams, with the largest weighing approximately 250,000 pounds
- Reconstructed 4 bridges and 1 ramp, which are currently in use
- Used approximately 34,000 cubic yards of structural concrete
- Moved over 560,000 cubic yards of the 1 million total cubic yards of earthwork
The North Split is the busiest interchange in central Indiana. After 50 years of service, the North Split’s deteriorating condition made reconstruction necessary to rehabilitate and improve the existing interstate facilities. A more efficient and compact redesign of the interchange eliminates merging and weaving conditions that contribute to high crash rates and congestion.
The interchange is scheduled to reopen by the end of 2022 with landscaping, aesthetics and local street work continuing into spring 2023. The North Split landscaping design will include the use of native, low-maintenance plants to soften urban elements and provide a diverse palette of plant species, including native grasses, small shrubs, large deciduous shrubs, ornamental trees, and shade trees.
The project will also result in improved lighting, visibility and pedestrian safety at bridge underpasses. Once North Split reconstruction is complete, project area improvements will include:
- 223 new lighting elements, including 12 high-mast tower lights, 176 underpass and monument lights at bridges, and 33 conventional roadway light structures
- Approximately 12,100 linear feet of new sidewalks/trails
- More than 4,500 trees
- More than 5,000 shrubs
For up-to-date project information, visit northsplit.com or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311. Follow the North Split project’s progress on social media at:
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About the Indiana Department of Transportation Over the past 100 years, INDOT has transformed the state of Indiana into the Crossroads of America we know today. With six district offices and 3,500 employees, the agency is responsible for constructing and maintaining more than 29,000 lane miles of highways, more than 5,700 bridges, and supporting 4,500 rail miles and 117 airports across the state. Indiana once again ranked #1 in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2019 “America’s Top States for Business” ranking. Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.