BARTHOLOMEW CO. — Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Force Construction plans to close lanes on I-65 starting Sunday evening for concrete patching and bridge work near State Road 46 in Columbus.
The work is part of the $65 million added travel lanes project that began last year. Lane closures were originally scheduled to begin this past weekend but were postponed.
Starting around 9 p.m. Sunday evening (Sept. 18), continuous single-lane closures are scheduled to begin near MM 67 on I-65 NB, to allow crews to complete patching and apply a polymeric overlay to the I-65 bridge over S.R. 46. Work is anticipated to begin in the left lane. All lanes are expected to reopen Friday morning, September 23. Ramps at the S.R. 46 interchange will remain open.
Southbound lane closures are scheduled to begin the following Sunday evening (Sept. 25), for the same type of work to occur. Single-lane closures will begin near MM 70 on I-65 SB. Work is anticipated to begin in the left lane. All lanes are expected to reopen Friday morning, September 30. Ramps at the S.R. 46 interchange will remain open.
Additional work to complete patching on the ramps to and from S.R. 46 and repairs to the beams and arch on the bridge will be scheduled for a later date.
INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and use extra caution when traveling through construction zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change. Queueing is expected while lane closures are in place. The contractor will utilize queue trucks, automated work zone information systems, and assistance from law enforcement to notify drivers of back-ups.