SOUTHEAST, Ind.(NEWS RELEASE) — A second non-stop construction blitz will occur this weekend on Interstate 65 from Seymour to Scottsburg. Indiana Department of Transportation officials anticipate significant traffic back-ups, especially Friday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Motorists are urged to alter travel plans if possible to avoid traffic queues that could exceed four miles in length.
The normal work week for INDOT’s $54.7 million I-65 pavement project between U.S. Highway 50 and State Road 56 ends at 1 p.m. on Fridays and begins again at 6 p.m. on Sundays. This weekend’s continuous construction—along with an accelerated weekend schedule last month—will shorten the timeline for completing this project by six to eight weeks.
Lane closures through Saturday include:
• I-65 southbound left lane at mile marker 48.0
• Southbound right lane at mile marker 38.0
• Northbound left lane at mile marker 29.0 (reopens Friday)
• Northbound left lane at mile marker 44.0
• Nightly ramp closures for patching
Lane closures for the week beginning Sunday July 20:
• Northbound right lane at mile marker 29.0
• Northbound right lane at mile marker 39.0
• Northbound ramp at S.R. 56
• Northbound ramp at S.R. 256
John R. Jurgensen Company is the state’s prime contractor for renovating 21 lane miles of pavement and rehabilitating 20 bridges in Scott and Jackson County. Operations include full-depth concrete patching followed by milling and paving. The functional overlay is being placed in two lifts using a premium Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) material for the surface course.
Lane Closures At Columbus
Further north, I-65 motorists may experience traffic delays this weekend at Columbus where a $1,439,736 concrete pavement restoration project will close the northbound left lane between mile markers 67.0 and 70.0—and the southbound on-ramp from S.R. 46.
Restrictions begin at 7 p.m. Friday. They will be lifted at noon on Monday. A 45 mph speed limit will be enforced through the 1.6-mile construction zone when workers are present. There is an 11-foot width restriction through the zone for northbound traffic.