Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Force Construction Inc. plans to implement ramp closures starting later this week on I-65 in Bartholomew County as part of the $65 million added travel lanes contract that began last year.

On or after Thursday, April 28, the entrance and exit ramps will close at the northbound I-65 rest area near MM 74 for asphalt patching. The entrance ramp will close Thursday morning, followed by the exit ramp later in the day once all parked vehicles have left the rest area. Both ramps will remain closed through approximately 7 a.m. Saturday morning, April 30.

The following week Force plans to complete patching on the ramps to and from U.S. 31 at Taylorsville (Exit 76). Work will be completed under overnight closures, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Nightly closures are tentatively planned as follows, weather permitting:

Monday, May 2: I-65 NB to US 31 NB and I-65 NB to US 31 SB
Tuesday, May 3: I-65 SB to US 31 NB and I-65 SB to US 31 SB
Wednesday, May 4: U.S. 31 to I-65 NB/U.S. 31 to I-65 SB
Thursday, May 5: U.S. 31 to I-65 NB/U.S. 31 to I-65 SB

INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active construction zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change. Additional ramp closures will take place later this spring/summer for asphalt paving. The added travel lanes project is scheduled for completion this summer.