Interstate 65 lanes to switch over as part of widening

You will be seeing a major shift in traffic soon on Interstate 65 between Columbus and Seymour. INDOT is reporting that it plans to move all traffic across the median to the east side of the interstate, starting tonight or Thursday night.

That almost three-mile change will be near the Walesboro exit. INDOT says that southbound motorists will be shifted across the highway, starting north of State Road 58. Two 11-foot-wide lanes will be maintained in each direction while construction takes place on the west half of the interstate.

That is in addition to other work that is causing single-lane closures on weekends both northbound and southbound while work is happening on bridges. Those go into effect at 6 p.m. Fridays and continue through noon on Sundays. Those changes will be going on through the next four weekends not counting Labor Day.

INDOT reports that there will also be spot lane closures—both northbound and southbound — between mile markers 50 and 60 overnights, through next week.

Trucks are restricted to left-lane travel throughout the work zone. This suspends northbound exits at the Indiana State Police weigh station located north of U.S. Highway 50 at Seymour.

This is all part of the $143 million Next Level Roads project widening the interstate to six lanes between Seymour and Columbus.