The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close Interstate 70 in both directions on the west side of Indianapolis, between the south-split interchange and Ronald Reagan Parkway for about 30 days each starting later this month.
On Thursday, INDOT announced that it would close eastbound lanes of I-70 starting May 22, with reopening scheduled for June 28. Westbound lanes will close June 26, with a planned reopening on July 30.
Because of the COVID-19-related traffic reductions, INDOT is implementing similar closures right now on I-70 between I-465 and the north-split interchange on the east side of Indianapolis.
Eastbound lanes of I-70 in this stretch are planned to reopen May 13, and westbound lanes are planned to reopen May 23.
Closures on the west-side projects will remain in effect during both the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends.
During the closures, road crews from Goshen-based contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Co. will be patching concrete and working on bridge joints and bridge decks.
All collector lanes to and from the Indianapolis International Airport will remain open during the I-70 closures.
Drivers headed west on I-70 during the shutdown are advised to take I-465 southbound to the Ronald Reagan Parkway collector lanes to reach the airport. Or, continue north on I-465 to get back to I-70.
To access I-70 eastbound from the airport, INDOT said, take the collector lanes to I-465 northbound and stay on I-465 until it connects with I-70 eastbound.
Workers will be “accelerating planned construction on I-70 to allow work to be done before major events rescheduled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency resume,” INDOT said in a written statement.