Friday, November 16th, 2007
The Super-70 project in Indianapolis has been completed. This was the largest single year reconstruction project in Indiana history at a cost of $175 million. It basically replaced the pavement on I-70 from downtown Indianapolis east to I-465.
I really think highly of this project. So often these projects can drag out year after year, running up the cost in pain to the motoring public. But Super 70 took an entire logical corridor and rebuilt it at once, in a single year. Now the public will enjoy new, smooth pavement and a safer roadway without having to endure any more significant construction.
Projects like Super-70, where things get done in a compressed timeframe, are the way to go. INDOT has done them multiple times now for reconstructions. I’d like to see them take the next step and bring the same approach to expansions and major new builds.
Speaking of reconstruction, this project should bring to a close the era of reconstruction in Indianapolis. Other than the section of I-65 through Eagle Creek Park, and I-865, there should not be any more reconstruction projects in the Indianapolis freeway system that do not add sigifnicant new capacity.
Congratulations to INDOT and Walsh Construction on a superb project.