Interstates 65 and 70 between the north and south split have reopened to traffic—more than two weeks ahead of an already aggressive schedule.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) had contractors compete over closure days for the South Split project, which was originally estimated to last 90 days and cost up to $20 million. Milestone Contractors bid $12.4 million construction cost with 59 closure days, and further expedited construction to receive incentives of $60,000 per day.
Video captured with Purdue University shows oversize loads striking South Split bridges with increasing frequency and severity. Following an interstate closure in February for emergency repairs to a cracked bridge beam, INDOT set an accelerated course for the South Split project to address public safety concerns. Interstates 65 and 70 between the north and south split were closed on Sept. 3, 2013 to rebuild and lower the pavement, raising clearances beneath seven South Split bridges.