In order to quickly and safely repair this stretch of interstate in the heart of Indianapolis, the interstate was completely closed to traffic for 55 days. Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, construction workers made much-needed repairs to 33 bridge decks and more than 35 lane miles of pavement. Also included were widening of the off-ramp from westbound I-70 to Emerson Avenue from two to three lanes, including a double left-turn to Emerson Avenue; widening of the off-ramp from westbound I-70 to Rural Street from one to two lanes; and pavement widening, shoulder, and backslope widths/slopes, as well as pavement markings and signal loops for an additional left-turn lane onto Emerson Avenue. These improved ramps help facilitate turning movements during peak hours. The I-65/I-70 split was widened as well. By completely closing the interstate, repairs were made in less than half the time of regular construction, saving the state millions of dollars in project costs and making the repair process safer for motorists and construction workers alike. This project is a 15-time award winner.