This summer it seemed that everywhere we wanted to go there was construction, detours, and delays. While it was definitely frustrating when you wanted to go someplace and you had to take a different route or you were slowed or stopped in traffic, the end results hopefully will be worth it. Our Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has officially ended the construction season in our area. This is work that INDOT has done on our interstates that go around and through Marion County. While I still have seen some barrels and signs out there, the work is over for their construction projects. I thought many of you would like to see the information that INDOT put out this week with the facts and figures about the repairing, replacing, etc. that was done from April – December. Please feel free to share this information.
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the warming trend and the sunshine!
City-County Councillor District 6
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INDOT Officially Ends Construction Season in Indy Metro Area
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is finished with a record-setting construction season on Indianapolis metro area interstates for the 2019 season.
INDOT completed a historic number of construction projects in the state’s largest metro area this year to resurface asphalt pavement, repair concrete, and rehabilitate bridges along major interstate routes. Between projects targeted to address winter damage and schedule maintenance and construction, INDOT invested more than $140 million to improve Indy metro area interstates and greatly reduce the number of potholes motorists may experience moving forward.
From April to December, contractors from Rieth-Riley Construction, Milestone Contractors, and E&B Paving resurfaced or repaired 486 interstate lane miles. 277 lane miles were repaved with new asphalt surface, and 209 lane miles of concrete pavement were repaired. Hundreds of concrete panels were removed and replaced and thousands of linear feet of concrete joints repaired, eliminating cracks that, if left untouched, would result in potholes during future freeze/thaw cycles.
Repairing and replacing aging infrastructure is the most effective strategy for reducing the likelihood of potholes and ensuring a smooth driving experience.
In addition to pavement restoration, INDOT contractors rehabilitated 45 bridges in the Indy metro area in 2019.
Rehabilitation included patches, new overlays and fixing bridge joints – all of which make for a smoother ride.
The I-465 Southeast project included two bridge deck overlays at the U.S.40 (Washington St.) interchange. Both overlays were completed under full interstate closures allowing the work to be completed in less than two weeks for each bridge versus 8-9 months under normal traffic.
While contractors were completing road construction, INDOT crews took advantage of lane closures to completed needed maintenance work including:
7,070 miles in road sweeping
55 miles of crack sealing
2,044 yards of litter pickup
818 tons of material used for patches
3,895 tons of material used for spot paving
Storm drain clearing
Barrier wall/guardrail repair
Completing maintenance work during construction closures is safer for INDOT team members and saves both time and money for taxpayers and motorists.
Indiana State Police partnered with INDOT and contractors to help protect motorists and highway workers during throughout the construction season. New this year, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers and Hoosier Helpers also assisted with ensuring safety in Indy area work zones.
Officers and Hoosier Helpers were on patrol approaching work zones and at ramps to alert motorists of approaching construction and reduced speeds. IMPD officers also provided traffic control on local detour routes.
During the season, 53 ISP troopers, 56 IMPD officers and 9 Hoosier Helpers protected drivers on the interstates.
Motorists in East Central Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time via:
CARS 511: indot.carsprogram.org
Mobile App: iTunes App Store and the Google Play store for Android
About Next Level Roads
“With a sustainable, data-driven plan in place to fund roads and bridges, Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana will remain the Crossroads of America for generations to come.” – Governor Eric J. Holcomb
Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Roads plan is a fully-funded, data-driven investment in Indiana’s transportation infrastructure. Implemented in 2017, Next Level Roads dedicates more than $60 billion to construction and maintenance projects for at least the next 20 years to improve and maintain Indiana’s state highways, finish major projects, and plan for the future. The plan fosters partnerships between the state and Hoosier cities, towns, and counties to deliver high-priority local road projects. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s economic edge and the quality of life for all Hoosiers. View our interactive Next Level Roads construction map at www.nextlevelroads.com.
About the Indiana Department of Transportation
Over the past 100 years, INDOT has transformed the state of Indiana into the Crossroads of America we know today. With six district offices and 3,500 employees, the agency is responsible for constructing and maintaining more than 29,000 lane miles of highways, more than 5,700 bridges, and supporting 4,500 rail miles and 117 airports across the state. Indiana once again ranked #1 in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2019 “America’s Top States for Business” ranking. Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.