Continuing road repairs at the State Road 46 and Interstate 65 interchange will affect motorists driving north on the interstate this weekend.
Beginning at 7 p.m. today, the northbound off-ramp from I-65 to Jonathan Moore Pike in Columbus will be closed until noon Monday, Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity said.
In addition, the speed limit will be lowered to 45 miles per hour as the right lane of northbound I-65 will be closed from one mile south of State Road 46 to two miles north of the state highway, Maginity said.
In order to avoid delays, those heading north should consider using U.S. 31 between Seymour and Taylorsville as an alternate route, Maginity said.
This will be the second weekend of restrictions for the $1.4 million concrete and asphalt restoration project on I-65 between Carr Hill Road and County Road 100N.
Different restrictions will be in place every weekend through at least the Labor Day weekend to allow crews to saw-cut failing pavement, pour concrete patches and make other repairs, Maginity said.
More congestion for northbound motorists should be expected on I-65 in Jackson and Scott counties.
Around-the-clock work should again be expected between Seymour and Scottsburg this weekend on a separate $54.7 million I-65 road repair project, Maginity said.
Northbound lane closings are expected at the State Road 56 interchange at Scottsburg, as well as along a rural stretch three miles north of Crothersville, according to Maginity.
Ramps will be closed for northbound traffic at Scottsburg and at the State Road 256 interchange near Austin, he said.
While INDOT engineers estimated last weekend’s traffic backups in Jackson and Scott counties could have reached up to seven miles, the lines never extended more than two miles, Maginity said.
Crews on both projects are working around the clock as part of an accelerated road program intended to lower traffic disruption on weekdays, according to the department.
By working weekends, the length of an average construction project can be shortened by six to eight weeks, Maginity said.
Avoid the construction
Indiana Department of Transportation is suggesting motorists avoid northbound Interstate 65 between Seymour and Taylorsville this weekend, as extensive road work will continue through Monday.
Instead, INDOT recommends drivers use U.S. 31 as an alternate route.