Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for the $67 million added travel lanes project with full-depth reconstruction on Interstate 65 in Clark County will begin milling and placing surface pavement next week in the northbound center lane during nighttime hours. Work requires closing two northbound lanes from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.—weather permitting—beginning Monday (JULY 9).
Motorists will be restricted to a single northbound lane of I-65 between Sellersburg Exit 9 and Memphis Road Exit 16 four nights (through 6 a.m. Friday JULY 13).
INDOT’s tentative schedule calls for the center lane of southbound I-65 to be milled and surfaced the following week—Monday evening through Friday morning, July 16-20. Again, a single lane will remain open to traffic.
I-65 motorists have been driving on an intermediate lift of asphalt since last winter while Indiana waited for warm/hot weather to put down a temperature-sensitive surface pavement and thermo-plastic pavement markings.
By upgrading to Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) for I-65’s wear course, Indiana expects to greatly extend the roadway’s service life while reducing ruts and cracking. SMA is a course-graded surface mix that combines wear-resistant properties of steel slag with a mastic binder high in asphalt cement content.
E & B Paving is INDOT’s contractor.