INDIANAPOLIS — A major portion of the North Split construction project is now complete.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) says the southbound to eastbound flyover bridge/overpass is now open to traffic.
Kyleigh Cramer with INDOT said the largest structure of the North Split project opened early Friday morning, with vehicles utilizing access as early as 4 a.m.
“It’s a huge, huge marking point,” Cramer said.
This means motorists driving southbound on I-65 will now use the bridge, spanning from College Avenue to Lewis Street, to connect to I-70 eastbound.
“The movement between I-65 southbound to I-70 eastbound, that was always there, just on a different bridge, but now we’re seeing it on the flyover,” she added, “and so people are going to be able to easily access it, and we’re just so happy that it was done in time.”
At its highest point, INDOT said the flyover bridge rises more than 60 feet above ground level. More than 1,367,695 pounds of reinforcing steel was used to make the bridge.
The on-ramp from Delaware/11th Street to I-70 eastbound is also open as of Friday morning. Traffic is being routed directly onto the new flyover bridge.
INDOT said access to downtown Indianapolis will be maintained via:
- I-70 westbound collector/distributor (C/D) ramp exit ramp to Michigan Street (13-ton declared vehicle weight restriction in effect)
- Pine Street entrance ramp to I-70 eastbound from Michigan Street and New York Street
- I-65 northbound/I-70 eastbound exit ramp to Washington Street (13-ton declared vehicle weight restriction in effect)
- I-65 northbound and southbound to Martin Luther King. Jr./West Street
- I-65 southbound to Meridian Street
- I-65 northbound to Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets
- All existing ramps on I-70 west of the South Split
INDOT said the North Split project, which is expected to complete construction by the end of 2022, is still on schedule. Cramer said there are plans to add landscaping and greenery to help beautify the area, which will extend the project’s full completion to 2023.
“It’s going to still take some time for us to get the urban forest in there and to make it aesthetically pleasing,” said Cramer, “but that’s not the biggest thing with the North Split. It’s getting these lanes open, it’s getting people to and from, it’s giving them what we promised.”
The next big project milestone, Cramer said, is paving the road in between the bridges.
For up-to-date project information, visit northsplit.com or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311.