Delays could mean fines

The project at Exit 205 is an $18-million endeavor. Motorists traveling southbound on I-69 cannot exit onto Exit 205. (Graphic courtesy of INDOT)

The project at Exit 205 is an $18-million endeavor. Motorists traveling southbound on I-69 cannot exit onto Exit 205. (Graphic courtesy of INDOT)

When construction on I-69 closes and all the new features open, financial penalties may come into play for construction delays.

Earlier this month, the new northbound flyover bridge to Ind. 37 fully opened, while motorists were restricted from exiting southbound I-69 to 116th Street at Exit 205.

That restriction, which started at the end of July, can last for up to 90 days, but a financial incentive is in place if it reopens sooner than that, according to Nathan Riggs, INDOT media relations director.

The possibility of liquidated damages is in place if the contractor exceeds those 90 days, much like the northbound flyover that connects motorists to Ind. 37.

That part of the project was scheduled to open at the end of 2012.

Riggs said damages and incentives are figured out at the completion of the contract.

“There were some liquidated damages as part of the contract,” he said, “They won’t be levied until after the contract is complete because there are also incentive/liquidated damages tied to the (other) ramp closure.”

INDOT’s official detour for motorists heading southbound on I-69 and wishing to get off at Exit 205 is to continue onto Exit 203 and return north to get onto 116th Street.

Jeff Hill, Town of Fishers director of engineering, said the detour hasn’t had much affect on roads in town.

“It’s a very low volume movement (exiting from southbound I-69 to exit 205) to begin with,” Hill said. “We see a general disbursement of detoured traffic that really has very little impact on all of our own roads.”

The work being done at Exit 205 is encapsulated in an $18-million contract with Milestone Contractors.

Riggs said all work being done on I-69 is scheduled to finish by the end of this year, and the next milestone drivers will see is the new flyover bridge being connected to southbound Ind. 37.

Riggs said he did not have a schedule that stretches far enough to provide an exact date for that milestone.

Work that also is included in that timeline includes the “mainline” lane work under contractor Rieth-Riley’s construction.

Travel lanes are being added median side between Exit 205 and I-465, as well as auxiliary lanes to the exits from 116th Street all the way to 82nd Street.

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