INDIANAPOLIS — The large portion of I-465 that has been closed for nearly two weeks and was scheduled to open this weekend will now remain closed through Monday.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says periods of heavy rain over the past several days have slowed the construction work that crews had hoped to get done. Because of that rain, the eastbound and northbound lanes of I-465 on the city's southeast side will remain closed until Monday at 6 a.m.
The second closure, of Interstate 465 SB/WB, will take place Sept. 6 through Sept. 21. This closure coincides with the running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 8 and encompasses the lanes traveling toward the track.
Work on the first phase of the approximately $13 million project was targeted for completion on the morning of Saturday, August 24, but INDOT has extended the closure to allow contractors to complete repairs and improvements hampered by weather. Contractors have been working around the clock since August 9 to restore concrete pavement, repair and replace joints, and rehabilitate bridges. INDOT crews have also been performing maintenance activities like sign replacements, guardrail repairs, street sweeping, and drain clearing.
Motorists should continue to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and expect delays while I-465 remains closed. All lanes will reopen ahead of the Monday morning commute.
The second phase of the project will close I-465 Southbound to Westbound from September 6 at 9 p.m. to September 21.