INDOT officials on Thanksgiving travel: ‘Know Before You Go’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation officials say most construction and maintenance activities have been suspended for the holiday period. Contractors will pull barriers and barricades back to the safest extent possible to increase mobility.Here is a statewide rundown of road construction projects that could impact travel:Southern IndianaNorthbound I-65 traffic is sharing the southbound side between mile markers 8 and 11 in Clark County. Two lanes are open in each direction.Entrance and exit ramps are closed on westbound I-74 at S.R.101 (Exit 156) in Ripley County. To reach S.R. 101, westbound traffic on I-74 should use the S.R.1 exit and follow eastbound I-74 to return to S.R.101.Intermittent lane closures will remain in effect on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges over the Ohio River near Evansville.Northern IndianaI-469 is restricted to one lane in each direction between mile markers 11 and 17 in Allen County.Lane closures will remain in effect on westbound I-80/94 between mile marker 3 and mile marker 12 as work continues on the Restore 94 project in Lake County.The entrance ramp to I-94 at S.R.51 (Exit 15B) will remain closed for the next 3 weeks.Both directions of I-94 are reduced to two lanes between mile marker 16 and U.S. 20 in Porter County.The left lane of I-94 in both directions will be closed between mile marker 26 and 27 until noon on Wednesday, November 22.Central IndianaThe I-465 East and I-465 West ramps to I-65 North remain closed for the duration of construction at the interchange on the south side of Indianapolis. A signed detour directs traffic south on I-65 to Southport Road Exit 103 to return northbound on I-65. I-65 and I-465 lane closures will resume Monday, Nov. 27. Both interstates may be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weather permitting, construction is expected to be substantially complete, with all lanes and ramps open to traffic by the end of November.I-69 lane closures for paving on the added travel lane construction project between State Road 37 Exit 205 and State Road 38 Exit 219 will resume Monday, Nov. 27. I-69 may be reduced to one lane each weeknight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and weekends from 7 p.m. until 9 a.m. The additional lanes are expected to open in December.Watch for lane shifts on I-65 in both directions as construction of added travel lanes continues in Tippecanoe County.Know before you goLearn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways here or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or dial 511 from a mobile phone.Subscribe to receive INDOT news and information by text message or email here. Keep up with INDOT on social media too! Regional INDOT information is here.Increased enforcementStarting later this week, Indiana State Police (ISP) will join more than 230 local law-enforcement agencies across the state to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws. Through the weekend after Thanksgiving, expect to see an increase in random patrols, saturation patrols and checkpoints. This overtime enforcement is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).It’s the lawIn every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Indiana has a primary seat-belt law, meaning that police officers may ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers, even if no other traffic violation has taken place. In addition, all passengers under age 8 must be in an approved car seat or booster seat.last_img

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