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This project involves construction of a new interchange at Interstate 65 at Worthsville Road in Johnson County. The purpose of the project is to enhance safety, address traffic congestion, and provide additional access to and from I-65 in Johnson County.
The area has experienced substantial commercial and residential growth, resulting in large increases in traffic volume. Residential and commercial development is also expected to continue to grow in this area which will add to the volumes of traffic moving through this area.
Construction of a new interchange at I-65 and Worthsville Road will enhance economic growth, reduce congestion, and provide better east-west connectivity and traffic movement in Johnson County. The interchange also will ease congestion at the existing I-65 interchanges at Main Street and at Whiteland Road in Johnson County and reduce expected crashes on I-65 and nearby area surface streets.
INDOT identified the Diverging Diamond as the preferred alternative and a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-65/Worthsville Road Diverging Diamond was held Oct. 15, 2014. A joint venture of E&B Paving, Inc., and Gradex, Inc., two central Indiana construction firms, was awarded the $16 million construction contract. Construction began in late 2014 and the project is slated to be opened to traffic in November 2015.
Construction activities at the new I-65 and Worthsville Road interchange completed during the fall of 2014 and winter of 2015 included the rerouting of County Road 200 East on the southwest corner of the interchange. Worthsville Road was closed to all traffic between Graham Road and County Road 200 E in December 2014. After the closure, work began on a new cast in place box culvert for the Worthsville Road crossing at East Grassy Creek, just to the west of the interstate.
Construction activities at the new I-65 and Worthsville Road interchange will continue into the 2015 construction season. Demolition of the existing bridge over I-65 will begin in March, with construction work on the new bridge to begin soon after.
Major impacts to I-65 traffic will occur during the night hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Periodic lane closures and/or rolling slowdowns will be posted on area message boards. Lane closures are required during existing bridge demolition for placement of temporary pavement along the median and for placement of temporary barrier wall.
I-65 traffic will shift lanes onto temporary pavement in spring 2015 to allow work to be performed along the outside shoulders where the new ramps will tie into the existing pavement. The posted speed limit thru this work zone is 60 MPH. Relocation of Graham Road on the northeast corner of the interchange is scheduled to begin in spring 2015, and is expected to take about 60 days, which will require a road closure of Graham Road. Detour route will be posted.
Work in the summer and fall of 2015 will include the construction of the new ramp areas and the new Worthsville Road bridge over I-65, which will be a 246-feet, two span, concrete beam bridge. The new Worthsville Road interchange is slated to be opened to traffic in November 2015.
Indiana Department of Transportation-Seymour District
185 Agrico Lane
Seymour, IN 47274