Whitestown Parkway construction at I-65 expected to slow drivers during the summer months
WHITESTOWN, Ind. — Some much-needed help to ease congestion at the Whitestown Parkway interchange at Interstate 65 in Boone County is coming right after Memorial Day, but drivers will have to endure a period of things getting “worse” before they get better.
Construction will begin on widening of the on/off ramps from Whitestown Parkway to I-65, a project leaders in the Town of Whitestown have pushed for to help ease rush hour traffic congestion in the fastest growing community in the state.
The $1.6 Million interchange improvement project is a partnership between the Town of Whitestown and the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT Crawfordsville District Deputy Commissioner Alan Plunkett says, “It is important for INDOT to partner with communities like Whitestown on this project to improve the mobility of this interchange.”
Construction is expected to run June – September. The interchange will not be closed, but some lanes will be restricted during the work which is expected to be done during daytime hours. Drivers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with possible alternate routes. Indianapolis Rd./Lafayette Rd. may be a good option for drivers going south. Lafayette Rd. connects with I-65 at 71st Street. Drivers in Zionsville may consider using Ford Rd. or Zionsville Rd. to access 86th street or I-465.
“INDOT understands how quickly this area is growing and how important it is to create a fix now.” Says Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton. “This lane configuration project is vital for our residents and our businesses, and it is needed to continue to attract future growth.”
Congestion at Exit 130 typically occurs during the morning and evening commutes. Currently, there is only a single turn lane for those entering onto or exiting I-65 at the Whitestown/Zionsville exit. Once this project is complete, drivers will have two, dedicated turn lanes in each direction to help immensely with the rush hour flow of traffic.