Interstate renovation project starts

Traffic signals are being installed at State Road 58 ramps for Interstate 65 as preliminary work begins on a project to widen I-65 to three lanes between Seymour and Columbus.

Lights also are being installed at the State Road 58 and International Drive intersection as part of the preliminary work.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials anticipate operations near the Walesboro exit, which begin today, will continue for up to six weeks.

A caution light at U.S. 31 and State Road 250 will be replaced with a traffic signal soon as the I-65 project begins construction. Motorists may encounter brief delays when flaggers direct traffic around work sites.

Beginning Wednesday, crews will remove and replace pavement markings on State Road 58 between International Drive and Old Lane Drive. Lanes will be reduced to 11-foot widths while operations to widen pavement and construct right-turn lanes at the I-65 ramps occurs. This should take about two weeks, INDOT officials said.

The I-65 Southeast project will reconstruct I-65 as a six-lane roadway between U.S. 50 and State Road 58, and repair and resurface the interstate from State Road 58 to the State Road 46 exit at Columbus.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be April 6.