I-65 upgrade between Columbus and Seymour begins

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WALESBORO, Ind.–The Indiana Department of Transportation says today starts six weeks of construction for the “Next Level Roads” project, where travel lanes will be added to Interstate 65 between Columbus and Seymour. Motorists may encounter brief delays where flaggers direct traffic around work sites.

Preliminary work scheduled for Monday includes a caution light at the U.S. Highway 31/S.R. 250 intersection being replaced with a traffic signal for use while the I-65 project is underway.

Beginning Wednesday, crews will remove and replace pavement markings on State Road 58 between International Drive and Old Lane Drive. For two weeks, lanes will be reduced to 11-foot widths while operations to widen pavement and construct right turn lanes at I-65 ramps take place.

E & B Paving is the primary contractor for the enhancement plan designed to completely reconstruct I-65 into a six-lane roadway between U.S. 50 and State Road 58. The interstate, from State Road 58 to State Road 46, will also be repaired and resurfaced.

A formal, groundbreaking ceremony of the $143 million INDOT project is scheduled for Friday, April 6.

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