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I-65 Northbound Reopens To Traffic


Drivers were greeted Sunday by a welcome sight -- signs hanging above Interstate 65 proclaiming the highway's northbound lanes now open to traffic moving between Indianapolis and Chicago. 

INDOT closed the interstate's northbound lanes around Lafayette several weeks ago after unsafe conditions were reported on a bridge over Wildcat Creek.

During construction, workers had inserted piles into the sandy soils below. The piles had pierced an artesian well beneath the bridge, making the soil to bubble up and causing the bridge to tilt. 

Crown Point-based Walsh Construction has reinforced the piles and injected grout into the soil below to stabilize the bridge. 

Lane closures between SR 38 and SR 25 will continue in the overnight hours as part of INDOT's regularly-scheduled rehabilitation of the highway.