Milestone Contractors awarded $72.8 million project to rebuild I-465 from US 31 to Allisonville Road
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded the first contract of the 465/69 Northeast corridor project to widen and rebuild I-465 from US 31 to Allisonville Road. Milestone Contractors, Inc., of Columbus, Ind., has been awarded the contract for $72.8 million, 27 percent less than the INDOT engineer's estimate.
Crews have begun preparations by putting down the temporary pavement on the median shoulders to be used in traffic shifts early next year. Forty-five mph signs are designed and are being installed to protect crews working in the area.
Once the barrier wall is set, traffic shifts slightly to the right to allow extra room for crews to work while pavement is put down. Throughout the project, it is anticipated that three narrow lanes will be maintained in each direction with possible short-term overnight or weekend lane closures.
Bridge work is anticipated to begin in January while mainline reconstruction should start in March, depending on weather. Motorists should stay alert for traffic pattern shifts at that time. The Westfield Boulevard and North River Road bridges over I-465 are anticipated to close as early as January for reconstruction. Once complete in late fall 2010, I-465 from US 31 to Allisonville Road will have four through lanes in each direction, plus additional auxiliary lanes. Upgrades to the Keystone Avenue interchange will be completed under a separate contract at a later date.