Update on I 69 meassage boardsMay 23rd, 2014 at 4:46 am by Julie Patterson under Traffic
Crews Installing Dynamic Message Sign on I-69
FISHERS – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan traffic restrictions tonight on Interstate 69 to install an overhead dynamic message sign near 106th Street.
After 8 p.m., crews plan to restrict two right lanes of southbound I-69 near 116th Street and one left lane of northbound I-69 near 96th Street. Some temporary traffic stops will be required after midnight as crews use a crane to lift a box truss over southbound interstate lanes. All lane restrictions are expected to end by 6 a.m.
Rieth-Riley Construction, the INDOT contractor for the $11 million Operation Indy Commute project, is currently paving a new auxiliary lane connecting between 116th Street and 96th street interchanges and will soon begin paving a new auxiliary lane connecting between 96th and 82nd streets.
Drivers are advised to practice safe habits in highway work zones, such as following work zone speed limits, maintaining safe distances from other vehicles, and avoiding all distractions. The Indiana Work Zone Safety Law sets steep penalties for driving infractions within highway work zones. Citations for speeding in a work zone could result in a fine of up to $1,000. Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may end up paying a $10,000 fine and serving up to eight years behind bars. Fines generated from the work zone law are used to fund additional work zone patrols in an around work zones. For more information on work zone safety, go to workzonesafety.in.gov.
Last year, Rieth-Riley constructed a new southbound travel lane between 116th Street and I-465 to add capacity and improve traffic flow. The contractor also built northbound auxiliary lanes connecting interchange ramps at 82nd, 96th and 116th streets. The auxiliary lanes are intended to improve traffic flow and strategically alleviate recurring commuting bottlenecks by allowing traffic traveling from one interchange ramp to the next to avoid unnecessarily merging with mainline interstate traffic.
A separate $18 million contract made capacity and configuration improvements to the I-69 Exit 205 interchange at State Road 37 and 116th Street that are now open to traffic. For more information about Operation Indy Commute, visit www.IndyCommute.indot.in.gov.
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