March 20, 2017 4:00 PM, EDT
Indiana DOT Awards Contracts for I-70 Upgrades
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Repair work to highway lanes and bridges along the Interstate 70 freight corridor east of Indianapolis is expected to last through the end of the year, the state Department of Transportation announced this month.

Starting this spring, contractors will begin resurfacing pavement along U.S. 35 between the I-70 interchange and State Road 38.

They also will repair a bridge along U.S. 35 over Martindale Creek, between Jacksonburg and Charles roads. The bridge project will be closed during construction, prompting a detour via State Road 38 and State Road 1.

The department awarded $3.1 million to Indianapolis-based Milestone Contractors for the pavement projects. The state also awarded the firm $7.2 million for bridge deck replacement, rehabilitation or overlays on seven bridges on I-70 in Hancock and Henry counties, just outside of Indianapolis.

During the repair work at the bridges, one lane will be temporarily shifted across the median. Construction is expected to be complete by November.

Specific timelines for both contracts will be announced after project schedules are submitted by contractors. The projects are meant to reduce congestion to enhance the flow of truck traffic.

Gary Langston, president of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, praised the revitalization along the freight corridor, which would boost how quickly trucks deliver goods to consumers.

“We are certainly encouraged that INDOT has the resources and is focused on improving our infrastructure,” Langston told Transport Topics on March 20.