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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Indiana Department of Transportation
INDOT pulls back road closures, assists with Indy 500 traffic
Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of the summer travel season in Indiana. And whether you’re attending the Indianapolis 500, vacationing, visiting family and friends, or just passing through, INDOT urges drivers to plan extra travel time, to stay informed on road conditions and to drive safely.
Road work suspended
Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work during the holiday weekend to increase mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in holiday travel. Some restrictions and reduced speed limits will remain in place due to ongoing road construction, including:
Bridge construction where I-65 and I-465 meet on the south side of Indianapolis requires lane shifts and ramp closures, including:
Indy 500 traffic
Race fans driving to Indianapolis 500 festivities this weekend should plan their routes to the track and designate a sober driver home. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides directions, transportation options and general race information at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/fan-info/directions-and-zones/
The U.S. 36/Rockville Road (Exit 13) bridge over I-465 and all interchange ramps have reopened to traffic following a January crash that caused extensive bridge damage. INDOT and Rieth-Riley Construction rebuilt the bridge and opened the interchange to a normal traffic pattern on May 1.
INDOT traffic management staff will be on duty during the race, monitoring traffic cameras and congestion, coordinating with law enforcement, and posting information to dynamic message signs. INDOT’s Hoosier Helpers freeway service patrol sponsored by State Farm will assist all weekend in keeping traffic flowing.
On Sunday, May 28, INDOT encourages through travelers to avoid race traffic on I-465 and I-65 on the west side of Indianapolis.
Know before you go
Learn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways by visiting http://indot.carsprogram.org, calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623), or dialing 511 from a mobile phone.
The Indiana State Police and local law-enforcement agencies are participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 4, 2017. Officers will join thousands of law-enforcement agencies across the country in conducting high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.
Click It or Ticket is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Indiana law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in the Click It or Ticket campaign for over 20 years. According to ICJI, there were 827 people killed on Indiana roadways in 2016. Of those fatalities, 36 percent were found to be unrestrained.
For 2017, Indiana agencies will join those from across the Eastern half of the United States in a combined “border to border” mobilization. On Monday, May 22 from 4 to 8 p.m., this joint mobilization will be a driving force for seat-belt safety. Unbelted motorists, whether driving or riding, will be issued a ticket.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry