Work begins on I-65 modernization project

SEYMOUR — Work is now getting underway on this year’s phase of the $143 million modernization project that will widen Interstate 65 to three lanes in each direction between Seymour and the Walesboro-Ogilville interchange.

Updates on the 14.25-mile I-65 Southeast Indiana Project were provided to about 30 people who attended a Wednesday night forum at the Holiday Inn Express in Seymour.

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As workers begin patching rough spots and strengthening outside shoulders this month, motorists on northbound I-65 may encounter flashers to signal nighttime lane closures between State Road 46 at Columbus and the Walesboro-Ogilville exit, project manager Scott O’Neil of E&B Paving Inc. said.

Generally, those closures will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., O’Neil said.

Beginning in mid to late March, workers will begin resurfacing that same area of interstate between the 64- and 68-mile markers.

Since I-65 won’t be widened in this area, the resurfacing should be completed within a month-and-a-half, O’Neil said.

Within weeks, commuters who frequently drive in the area of the Woodside industrial parks will see three new signals installed at the I-65 and State Road 58 interchange, according to a project outline.

Two of the signals will be located near entrance and exit ramps, while the third will be placed at International Drive, the outline stated.

Signal installations must be completed before actual interstate work south of the interchange gets underway this spring, O’Neil said.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.