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Kit Werbe
Public Information Officer
Indianapolis Department of Public Works
Office: 317.327.4669

“Project Open Market” Interstate Ramp Changes

INDIANAPOLIS – Drivers on the city’s Near-Eastside will notice several changes over the next few weeks as work on Project Open Market continues.

On or after Friday, October 31, 2008:

  • The Market Street entrance ramp (also known locally as the “Ski Ramp”) to southbound I-65/70 will close permanently around noon. At this time, the contractor will begin preparation for the demolition of the ramp. The demolition is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, November 10.
  • The new Washington Street entrance ramp to southbound I-65/70 will open around noon.
  • Market Street at Pine Street will close to thru traffic with local traffic only from Highland Street to Pine. This closure will allow utility relocation work in Market Street from Pine Street to Davidson Street.

Other traffic changes are expected as work on Project Open Market progresses. DPW encourages residents and motorists to sign up for e-mail traffic alerts at www.indygov.org/dpw/openmarket.

Project Open Market is a city initiative to spur investment and create economic opportunity on the Near-Eastside by removing the Market Street I-65/70 interstate ramp and building a new interchange along East Washington Street. The project, financed mostly through federal grant dollars, will open up Market Street for new business opportunities and create a more pedestrian-friendly corridor that will better connect the Near-Eastside to downtown Indianapolis. For more information, visit: www.indygov.org/dpw/openmarket.