Many of you may have seen the articles in the Sunday Star about the I-65/I-70 North Split Interchange Reconstruction Project. In case you did not and would want to know more about this major project the information is below. They are hosting a virtual presentation on Thursday, July 30th at 5:00 p.m. and also a public hearing on August 3rd (Monday) with presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The public hearings are limited to 66 people per presentation for social distancing and masks will be required. Hopefully what is below will help with you learning more and having the information that you need on this project.
Virtual Presentation, I-65/I-70 North Split Interchange Reconstruction, Marion County
The I-65/I-70 North Split Interchange Reconstruction Project Team will host a virtual presentation on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. using the WebEx conferencing tool. During the WebEx session, attendees can see and hear a formal presentation from the North Split Project Team, and ask questions using the Chat feature or email@example.com. The presentation will be broadcast on Indianapolis Government Access Channel 16.
Visit the project website at https://northsplit.com/ea-sessions/ for more information. Contact the project team via the “contact us” feature on the North Split website https://northsplit.com/contact-us/ or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the project team by phone at (317) 749-0309.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public hearing on August 3, 2020 at the Ivy Tech Community College Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. There will be presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Parking is free for the public hearing. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. The capacity of each presentation is limited to 66 people to allow for social distancing. Project team members will wear face masks, and project exhibits will be spaced six feet apart. Hand sanitizer will be available, and attendees are required to wear face masks per the July 9 mandate by Marion County. Disposable face masks will be provided if attendees do not bring their own masks.
The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on the Environmental Assessment for the I-65/I-70 North Split Interchange Reconstruction in Indianapolis in Marion County. The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate and improve the existing interstate facilities leading to and through the I-65/I-70 North Split interchange in downtown Indianapolis. The needs for the project are correct deteriorated bridge conditions, correct deteriorated pavement conditions, improve safety, and improve interchange operations and reduce congestion.
Federal and state funds are proposed to be used for construction of this project. An Environmental Assessment document has been prepared for the project. The environmental documentation is available to view prior at the following locations:
- North Split Website – www.northsplit.com/ea
- HNTB Office – 111 Monument Circle, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Central Library – 40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Spades Park Branch Library – 1801 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201
- Garfield Park Branch Library – 2502 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
- Martindale-Brightwood Branch Library – 2434 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46218
Verbal statements will be accepted during a public comment session at the public hearing for the official public record immediately following the formal presentation. Verbal comments may be restricted to time limitations based on the number of speakers. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written and verbal comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Comments may be submitted in the prior to the public hearing and within the comment period in the following ways:
- North Split Website – https://northsplit.com/contact-us/
- North Split Email Address – email@example.com
- North Split PO Box – PO Box 44141, Indianapolis, IN 46244
- INDOT Toll Free Phone Number – 1-877-799-6570
The official public comment period for the EA began on July 17 and will end on August 17, 2020. INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by August 17, 2020.
In addition to the public hearing, a virtual public information meeting will be conducted by the North Split Project Team on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will be conducted via WebEx, an online meeting platform. The presentation will be identical to the in-person public hearing presentation. A link to access the online presentation and instructions can be found at www.northsplit.com/ea-sessions. The virtual public information meeting will also be broadcast on Indianapolis Government Access Channel 16.
Persons with limited internet access may request project information be mailed. Please contact the project email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kia Gillette, of HNTB Indiana, 111 Monument Circle, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204, at email@example.com, or 317-917-5240.
With advance notice, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons with disabilities with regards to participation and access to project information as part of the hearings process including arranging auxiliary aids, interpretation services for the hearing impaired, services for the sight impaired, and other services as needed. In addition, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring auxiliary aids including language interpretation services and document conversion. Should accommodation be required please contact Erin Pipkin, Compass Outreach Solutions, at 317-966-7301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.