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Express lane opens for I-465 widening project

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The state highway department has opened what it calls an express lane on Interstate 465 as work starts on a project to widen the highway on the north side of Indianapolis.

The lane opened Monday for eastbound traffic on I-465 from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to just past the Allisonville Road interchange. Traffic using the far-left lane will be separated by a concrete barrier from other traffic and won't be able to use the Keystone Avenue or Allisonville Road exits.

State highway officials say they hope the express lane will help traffic flow as work is done this year on a $73 million project that will add a fourth lane in each direction on that stretch of I-465.

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  • No mass transit?
    We'll never be able to get public/mass transit as a viable option in Central Indiana if independent driving is kept easy. I don't know how funding for transportation projects is determined, but I would think money spent to continue widening and improving current roads could instead be spent on mass transit projects. If traffic congestion were purposedly allowed to get worse, I think more people could see mass transit as a viable alternative.
  • Traffic
    I truly hope the express lane helps ease traffic congestion in the East bound lanes of 465 on the North side. I applaud Indot for giving this a try. I hope they work next on something to make travel on I-69 better.
  • Tolls anyone?
    These express lanes are just another step toward the full tolling of 465 and the rest of our interstate system. The equipment is already in-place, conveniently disquised as INDOT' ITS- Intelligent Traffic System, you know, where they have put up the fancy message boards? Take a look as you travel around 465, or I-70, or I-69, or I-65, why do they have those poles with radar-looking guns every mile??? Could these be I-Zoom or similar tolling system readers? No, INDOT would not spend our tax dollars on something such as this.

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