- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Travel into downtown Indianapolis will become difficult for many drivers over the next month as two sections of Interstate 65 close for repair work on seven bridges.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will shut down the southbound I-65 bridge at the I-465 interchange on city’s northwest side, along closing all lanes in both directions of a 2-mile section between 21st Street and Meridian Street near the downtown area.

Both closures are set to begin early Sunday, after which detours using I-465 and I-70 are recommended. The projects are set for completion by Aug. 5, with contractors eligible for up to $1.25 million in bonuses for finishing early.

Highway agency spokesman Lamar Holliday says keeping the sections partially open to traffic would make the project take much longer to complete.

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