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[INDOT - East Central] Contractor Bids Reduce I-65/I-70 Closure to 59 Days
Start Date: 8/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Contractor Bids Reduce I-65/I-70 Closure to 59 Days

South Split Contract Awarded to Milestone Contractors

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) today awarded Milestone Contractors a contract to close Interstates 65 and 70 for 59 days to reconstruct and lower pavement under seven bridges near the South Split.

 

The South Split project seeks to address the public safety concern of trucks with oversize loads striking bridges in the area with increased frequency and severity. INDOT awarded the accelerated project contract after opening and evaluating all bids today.

 

INDOT used an innovative bidding technique that required four Indiana contractors compete over construction cost and closure days. Private sector competition and innovations expedited construction of the Allisonville Road Bridge over I-465 and other major projects around the state.

 

Milestone’s bid reduces the interstate closure to 59 days and construction costs to $12.4 million. Contract incentives and liquidated damages of $60,000 per day will encourage crews to meet or beat their closure estimate. INDOT will keep the motoring public informed as contractors establish a construction schedule, including the exact date of closure.

 

INDOT is using dynamic message signs on interstate routes leading into the city to reinforce permit requirements and direct vehicles with heights over 13’5” to use I-465. The messages will be displayed in advance of the downtown interstate closure as a means to familiarize motorists to the official detour and prevent additional bridge strikes from oversize loads.

 

Motorists, residents and businesses are encouraged to visit www.SouthSplit.in.gov to learn details of the project and sign up for project email updates. Updates will also be provided on the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral.

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