State officials are planning a $50 million revamp of the heavily traveled interchange of Interstates 69 and 465 on the city’s northeast side.
Reconfiguring the interchange is meant to ease congestion, improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers who frequent one of the metro area's most crowded commuter corridors, connecting cities in fast-growing Hamilton County with Indianapolis.
The Indiana Department of Transportation estimates that more than 165,000 drivers travel I-69 between I-465 and 82nd Street every day.
“Significant growth in Noblesville, Fishers and the northeast side of Indianapolis has created the need to update our highway infrastructure in the area,” Governor Mike Pence said in a prepared release.
“This project, along with recent and planned projects to widen I-69, a scheduled interchange at 106th Street, and the modernization of State Road 37 in Fishers will dramatically improve the ability of people and commerce to move efficiently in central Indiana,” Pence said.
The work, which is expected to begin in 2020, will include:
— Building a two-lane ramp for traffic exiting I-465 eastbound onto I-69 northbound. The new ramp would bridge over Binford Boulevard and I-465, while the existing low-speed loop ramp would remain for I-465 eastbound traffic exiting I-69 onto 82nd Street in Castleton.
— Widening I-465 to four travel lanes in each direction between the White River bridge and I-69. In addition, two ramp lanes in each direction would run continuously between the I-69, Allisonville Road and Keystone Avenue interchanges for traffic entering and exiting the interstate.
INDOT is expected to release a formal request for proposals this week seeking engineering companies to design the project.