State to rework key interchange starting next year

A state project will make traffic flow more smoothly at a heavily trafficked interstate interchange that thousands of commuters use daily.

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to start construction next year at the Interstate 65 and Interstate 465 interchange, where traffic frequently gets backed-up during morning and evening rush hours. The construction is set to be completed in late 2014.

State officials hope the $45 million project will allow the highways to handle more traffic and prevent bottlenecks for the more than 100,000 motorists that pass through the interchange daily, INDOT Greenfield District media relations director Nathan Riggs said.

According to INDOT, since 2000, the average daily number of motorists who use I-65 from Southport Road to I-465 has increased by 3,000, and the number who use I-465 from I-65 to Emerson Avenue has increased by 12,000.

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