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Our Vision

The I-65/I-70 reconstruction will reshape life and enterprise in Indianapolis for the next 50 years. With proper planning, the new inner loop can serve as a catalyst for economic growth and a magnet for job creation.

We owe it to future generations to make the most of this opportunity. That’s why we’re recommending a recessed, open-air interstate that will make room for additional economic development while improving connectivity and livability.

We want our region to experience these benefits in the short-term, not the distant future. We’re asking INDOT to revise the North Split plan so that it can accommodate a recessed, open-air interstate without significant reconstruction within the next ten years.

The Coalition’s Concept

The Rethink Coalition’s concept for I-65/I-70 would transform our existing interstate into an innovative system that easily accommodates traffic while setting Indianapolis up as a thriving 21st century city to rival any in the nation.

This approach would free up 83 acres of developable land, which could eventually generate more than $2 billion in economic development and at least $55 million a year in additional property tax revenue. It would also contribute to improved quality of life, environmental/public health, social equity and neighborhood connectivity.

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I-65 as it exists today.

A recessed, open-air interstate would handle passthrough traffic while providing additional space for local traffic, bus rapid transit, sidewalks and bike lanes.

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I-65 as it exists today.

The Coalition’s concept would free up land for additional economic development, while staying within the state’s right-of-way.

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The north leg of I-65 as it exists today.

The Coalition’s concept for the north leg. Purple areas show state land that could be made available for development by Rethink’s compressed and recessed highway design.

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The south leg of I-65 as it exists today.

The Coalition’s concept for the south leg. Purple areas show state land that could be made available for development by Rethink’s compressed and recessed highway design.


The Coalition’s concept would provide convenient entry/exit points to the interstate, while reconnecting the local grid. Parallel, at grade collector-distributor roadways would eliminate weaving on the interstate and more efficiently distribute traffic into the city grid. 

An Example from Our Neighbors

The Coalition’s concept is not an outlandish or unprecedented design. There is a growing national movement over cities rethinking infrastructure in innovative ways—including one example just 100 miles southeast of Indianapolis. 

The mid-1990s redesign of Fort Washington Way in Cincinnati transformed downtown. By freeing up land between the interstate and Ohio river, Cincinnati was able to add stadiums, housing, businesses and a beautiful riverfront park.

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