INDIANAPOLIS — Indy commuters may want to plan ahead this weekend as a double-lane closure on the city’s southwest side is sure to cause traffic backups on Interstate 465.
Starting Friday at 8 p.m., INDOT will be limiting westbound 465 to a single lane as crews widen and rebuild 465 as part of the I-69 Finish Line construction project.
This westbound double-lane closure will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Monday.
“For the weekend, it’s going to be a standstill, it’s going to be a parking lot,” said Sue Lynn. Lynn said she commutes using 465 WB every day. She’s planning to avoid 465 WB this weekend.
“Find a route that best fits you and definitely plan ahead because this will slow down traffic quite a bit,” said Kyleigh Cramer with INDOT.
The I-69 Finish Line project is set to finish at the end of 2024. A big part of the project in Marion County is I-465 between I-65 and I-70 being widened from three lanes to four lanes.
“This is just accounting for more people being on the roadways and making sure we can give them more space and make sure that it’s safe and efficient corridor,” Cramer said.
Even with one lane still open on that stretch of I-465 Westbound this weekend, several on ramps to the highway will be closed.
Starting Friday at 8 p.m. the following ramps will be closed:
- I-65 southbound to I-465 westbound
- I-65 northbound to I-465 westbound
- U.S. 31 southbound to I-465 westbound
- U.S. 31 northbound to I-465 westbound
- S.R. 37 (Harding Street) southbound to I-465 westbound
All will reopen Monday morning, except the on ramp to I-465 West from East St. – that will stay closed through 2024.
“That’s going to be a big hurdle to get onto 465,” Lynn said. “I guess I can go over to 65, cut back and swing around and put a few extra miles on.”
Bob Finely said he grew up in the area around East St. and I-465. He still lives in the area and said this will change a lot of commutes.
“People are going to have to do a lot of reconfiguration of how they are getting to work, where they’re going, time frame and stuff like that,” Finley said. “It’s going to be a mess.”
Interstate 65 northbound traffic will be detoured to I-70 westbound at the split during this weekend closure in order to help alleviate traffic.
A video detailing the weekend restrictions can be seen here. A graphic is displayed below.
While the double-lane restriction is in place, the speed limit on 465 WB will be reduced to 45 miles per hour.
A similar restriction for eastbound 465 is currently scheduled for March 24 to March 27.