If you plan to drive north on I-69, expect delays Thursday morning.
Starting at 7 a.m., crews will put down asphalt in the left lane of what INDOT calls the collector-distributor. When drivers get off the highway toward State Road 37, it will turn into one lane.
Nathan Riggs if INDOT said more signs will be posted about the temporary shift change, adding that the work should be completed by 1 p.m. When the project wraps up, the restrictions will go away.
As far as the timing for the project is concerned, Riggs said INDOT didn’t want the construction project to get in the way of future snow or ice removal.
"There's been a lot of shifting pattern since April when the project started. This is just a short-term restriction, but it's a very busy area and we just ask that people pay attention and be aware and adjust as necessary," Riggs said.
Riggs acknowledged that the project is running behind.
"Originally, we expected to have all of these improvements in place by the end of the year. We don't expect that the contractor (is) going to be able to finish all that work by the end of the year,” Riggs said.
“So, we're making some adjustments and taking some preparations to get traffic in acceptable configurations for winter time and that involves laying some of this pavement like we are going to do in the morning. And, also, removing some barrier walls to open things up a little bit and make it easier on traffic, during the winter time."
Construction on the northbound lanes started in April as part of an $18 million interchange improvement project. Milestone Contractors will continue working on the project as long as the weather cooperates.
The company said that part of the project should be completed in the spring. Then, construction will begin on the southbound lanes.