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$67 million construction project to widen I-65 in Southern Indiana

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana highway officials broke ground Wednesday to mark the start of the widening of I-65 in southern Indiana through Clark County.

The construction zone starts in the Sellersburg area at Exit 9, and runs eight miles north to Memphis Road at Exit 16.

I-65 now has two lanes in each direction along this stretch of highway, but this project will add a third lane, in both directions, in the existing median area.

The project also calls for other major improvements to the area, including new pavement and new bridges.

"Particularly in this area, there's a significant amount of truck traffic, and certainly you know safety considerations and a 50-year-old interstate, so there will be plenty of bridge super structure reconstruction and a lot of pavement replacement in addition to the added capacity that will be provided by this project," said Brandye Hendrickson, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The $67 million project is part of the larger $400 million program called Major Moves 2020 created by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The program focuses on expanding and improving Indiana's Department of Transportation.

"The Major Moves 2020 trust fund project are projects that add capacity on the interstates," said Hendrickson. "This is a funding program identified by the General Assembly over the last three fiscal years that have allocated a half-a-billion dollars to widening interstates across Indiana. We know that INDOT is the crossroads of America, and that adding capacity on the interstate will help us maintain that title."

The construction will add congestion in the area, but highway officials are prepared to keep drivers informed and traffic moving.

"We will maintain two lanes in each direction throughout the projects," Hendrickson said. "There may be intermittent closures but those will be announced well in advance and would only be temporary."

Highway officials say drivers need to be cautious when driving through the construction area because the open lanes will be narrowed in width.

They expect the project to be completed by Nov. 2017.

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