Construction resumes on I-65

Staff Reports

GREENWOOD — For those who commute north from Columbus to work, the Indiana Department of Transportation has announced it is resuming work on Interstate 65 travel lanes between Greenwood and Franklin this week after a two-month winter hiatus.

Crews will be setting a concrete barrier wall in two stretches requiring right-lane closings on northbound and southbound sides, INDOT said. The worksites will start at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. through the week, weather permitting.

This week’s roadwork will permit workers to strengthen shoulder areas in advance of traffic shifts and construction activity planned in the median area of the interstate.

Milestone, the state’s contractor, focused on a 3-mile section in the middle of this 11-mile-long project during last year’s construction season. Bridge rehabilitation at Main Street/Greenwood, Whiteland Road, Hurricane Creek and State Road 44 has continued through the winter months.

INDOT officials hope to finish the roadwork between Greenwood and Franklin by the end of October. Last October, the state completed its first Major Moves 2020 project, a $36 million effort that rebuilt the roadbed and added travel lanes between Southport and Greenwood. A third Major Moves 2020 project is about to begin on I-65 in Clark County.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.