NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A busy Interstate 69 interchange shifted to a new configuration in time for Wednesday’s morning rush.
Crews opened the double-crossover diamond configuration as scheduled 6 a.m. Wednesday at Exit 210, Indiana Department of Transportation.
The first vehicles to travel the new pattern appeared to do so without issue. No backups were witnessed throughout the morning commute.
The new configuration is expected to ease rising traffic totals at the interchange popular with Hamilton Town Center shoppers and Klipsch Music Center concert-goers. Between 20,000 and 30,000 vehicles daily travel to and from Campus Parkway and the interstate, said Nathan Riggs, a spokesman for INDOT.
Contractors on the project closed the interchange at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Access to and from all I-69 ramps at Campus Parkway and Southeastern Parkway remained open to right turns only as the shift occurred. Electronic message signs and police were in place to direct motorists to the Olio Road overpass to cross over the interstate.
Weather delayed the shift initially planned for last week. The reconfiguration is part of a $92 million project to add a third travel lane in each direction along I-69 between interchanges at State Road 37 in Fishers and State Road 38 at Pendleton. Work on the added lanes is to continue through 2018.
Two similar double-crossover diamond interchanges have been constructed in Indiana. The first was at I-69 and Dupont Road in Fort Wayne, and the second was built at I-65 and Worthsville Road in Greenwood.