Governor Mike Pence announced today that the State will invest an estimated $50 million to reconfigure the busy I-465/I-69 interchange on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The project will ease congestion, improve safety, and reduce travel time in the heavily traveled corridor used by more than 165,000 drivers each 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. “Building this interchange will increase capacity and improve traffic flow. 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.”
The project will include b uilding a high-speed, 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.
It will also include w idening 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.
The Indiana Department of Transportation this week will publish a formal request for proposals seeking engineering companies interested in designing the project. INDOT expects to begin preliminary design of the project in 2016 with construction anticipated to begin in 2020.
The request for proposals asks consultants to design additional improvements should more funding become available in the future. For more information about INDOT’s work to modernize Indiana’s transportation infrastructure, visit www.in.gov/indot.
Submitted release courtesy of INDOT.