Highway crews have opened an additional lane for an often-congested stretch of Interstate 69 on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
The state Department of Transportation says the new lane will ease the merge of traffic from I-465 onto northbound I-65. The new lane opened Wednesday, giving northbound I-69 four lanes for about a mile before going to three lanes.
Contractors have been working since July to strengthen the highway's median shoulders to create room for new ramp lanes.
Traffic has increased in the area as commuters travel to the fast-growing suburbs of Fishers and Noblesville and elsewhere in Hamilton and Madison counties.