I-65 to close for 9 months in Gary, IN

| 2/25/2008

Truckers who normally take I-65 through Gary, IN, are going to have to pick a bypass starting on Saturday, March 1.

Beginning Saturday, a 1.5-mile stretch of the interstate will be shut down and remain closed until November. The Indiana Department of Transportation has laid out nine approved detours.

Jack Crotty, owner of JL Shandy Transportation, told The Times in Northwest Indiana the closure will cause problems.

JL Shandy trucks ship steel coils and steel plate from area mills and steel service centers to such destinations as Detroit, Cincinnati and Louisville. Using detours will eat up time and fuel, as will waits at clogged ramps, raising costs for his company, Crotty said.

The Indiana DOT plans to rebuild the bridges that carry I-65 over I-80/I-94.