-- Travel into downtown Indianapolis will become difficult
for many drivers over the next month as two sections of Interstate 65 close
for repair work on seven bridges.
Department of Transportation will shut down the southbound I-65 bridge at
the I-465 interchange on city’s northwest side, along with
closing all lanes in both directions of a 2-mile section between 21st Street
and Meridian Street near the downtown area.
Both closures are
set to begin early Sunday, after which detours using I-465 and I-70 are
recommended. The projects are set for completion by Aug. 5, with contractors
eligible for up to $1.25 million in bonuses for finishing early.
spokesman Lamar Holliday says keeping the sections partially open to traffic
would make the project take much longer to complete.