Economic Benefits of Transportation,  Indiana,  Reduced Congestion

I-65 Added Travel Lanes Project in Bartholomew County

When complete in the summer of 2023, the nearly-$65 million added travel lanes project on I-65 between State Road 58 in Walesboro and State Road 46 in Columbus will improve safety and mobility along a 4.5-mile stretch of interstate highway that is seeing exponential growth in traffic volumes, with nearly 30 percent being freight traffic.

The project aims to add capacity and improve mobility via a third travel lane in each direction of I-65 in Bartholomew County, widening bridges at Denois Creek, rehabilitating bridges at Opossum Creek, replacing a number of structures on and over I-65, and resurfacing all travel lanes to the north from the Driftwood River Bridge near Columbus to U.S. 31 at Taylorsville.

These enhancements will allow goods and services to make their way through the Hoosier state in an expedited fashion and will also reset the service life for all pavement and structures along the corridor, providing a safe thoroughfare for at least the next 20 years. Significant economic growth and development are expected as traffic capacity, mobility, and safety are enhanced on I-65 between the Louisville and Indianapolis metropolitan areas, and destinations beyond. The project follows similar work completed to the south on I-65 between Seymour and Walesboro as part of Indiana’s efforts to expand I-65 to a minimum of six lanes statewide.

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