INDIANAPOLIS—What does the Indiana Department of Transportation have in store for the many drivers who use I 465 on the Indianapolis southwest and south sides?
Plans for a major rebuild of the highway will be available for viewing at a public hearing. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the cafeteria of Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue.
The work won't begin until 2021, but when it does, drivers will face construction zones over a ten mile stretch of very busy interstate between the I 70/465 interchange near the airport and the I 65/465 interchange on the south side.
The plan, detailed in a recent INDOT press release, is to add one lane in each direction, while improving entrance and exit ramps. Bridges will also be replaced at Madison, Keystone, and Carson avenues along with the Mooresville Road Bypass bridge.
INDOT says traffic will be maintained during the work and all ramps within the interchanges will stay open.
Work on one section of 465, between Mann Road and the US 31/465 interchange, will not begin until 2022. That stretch of highway is actually part of the project extending I 69 from its current end outside Martinsville to Indianapolis.
69 will intersect with 465 near the interchange of State Road 37 and Harding Street.
465 on the south side opened in the 1960's and traffic volume has grown significantly since.
Backups at busy times of the day are common, and more vehicles will be added when I 69 feeds into 465.
Long stretches of 465 on other sides of the city have been improved or are under construction now.