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I-65 re-opened after hole causes falling debris

Posted at 8:44 PM, Aug 30, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – A hole opened up on a ramp near I-65 Wednesday evening, causing falling debris onto the road below.

Indiana State Police said the hole, near two feet in length, opened up on a ramp that takes traffic from I-65/I-70 north to I-65 north and began dropping debris on 10th Street.

ISP, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and INDOT were called to the area.

Police closed 10th Street Wednesday night, until the westbound lanes opened up at around 6 a.m. Thursday. The eastbound lanes will stay closed until the repairs are complete.

The lanes on I-65 opened up just before 7 a.m.

According to INDOT Spokesman Nathan Riggs, an existing concrete patch on the ramp failed due to regular wear and tear.

Riggs says many of the state's bridges are 40+ years old and this incident underscores the need for a major investment in infrastructure.

INDOT's five-year Next Level Roads plan will invest in modernizing bridges and pavement. There are more than 18,900 bridges in Indiana. INDOT owns and maintains about 5,600 of these bridges.