Traffic

Carmel Road closing temporarily

April 21st, 2014 at 4:43 am by under Traffic

CARMEL, IN – Beginning on Monday morning, April 21st, after 8 a.m., 98th Street, between Michigan Road and Commercial Drive, will be closed to through traffic in order to complete a sanitary sewer service crossing. The closure is anticipated to last through the end of the day on Wednesday, April 23nd, depending on the weather.

Properties located on 98th Street can be accessed in each direction but the road will be closed to through traffic. The crossing is located approximately 525 feet east of Michigan Road.


Friday night closure on the south side

April 17th, 2014 at 6:35 am by under Traffic

South Side I-65 & I-465 Ramp Closure
INDIANAPOLIS – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to temporarily close the northbound I-65 ramp to eastbound I-465 Friday night. Contractors will be modifying pavement markings on the ramp to temporarily shift traffic to the left as part of the south side I-465 and I-65 Operation Indy Commute interchange improvement project.

During the overnight closure, motorists will be directed to take I-465 westbound to State Road 37/Harding Street (Exit 4) to return eastbound on I-465.

Crews plan to again close the ramp Sunday night to install temporary concrete barrier wall. Both ramp closures will begin after 11 p.m. and are expected to end before 6 a.m.

Walsh Construction Company, INDOT’s contractor for the $40 million project, is currently constructing auxiliary lanes along I-65 to connect between the I-465 and Southport Road interchange ramps. Auxiliary lanes are also being constructed on I-465 between I-65 and Emerson Avenue. A new two-lane flyover ramp from westbound I-465 to southbound I-65 is being constructed to replace the existing single-lane loop ramp. Sherman Drive remains closed until approximately Sept. 1 as the bridge over I-465 is reconstructed and lengthened to accommodate widening I-465 below.

Motorists, businesses and residents are encouraged to learn more about Operation Indy Commute I-65 & I-465 improvements at www.indycommute.indot.in.gov. Subscribe to receive project email updates by clicking the red GovDelivery envelope icon found on any INDOT web page. Updates will also be provided on the Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central Facebook page and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral.


I 69 update

April 15th, 2014 at 4:40 am by under Traffic

Crews Installing Barrier Wall to Finish New I-69 Lanes

FISHERS – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to install temporary barrier wall this week to resume final work on the Operation Indy Commute I-69 project to add lanes between 116th Street and I-465.

Rieth-Riley Construction, INDOT’s contractor for the $11 million project, will be adding auxiliary lanes along southbound I-69 to connect between ramps at 116th Street and 96th Street as well as 96th Street and 82nd Street.

Tonight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., contractors will restrict the right lane on southbound I-69 between 116th and 82nd streets to install temporary concrete barrier wall along the right shoulder. Weather permitting, crews will repeat the nightly right lane restrictions and complete this preliminary work in about one week. Once the barrier wall is installed, contractors will begin removing the existing shoulder and building the new lanes.

All four lanes of southbound I-69 were shifted away from the shoulder last week and will remain open during peak traffic times. All lane restrictions will be scheduled for weeknights and weekends. Weeknight lane restrictions are expected to end before 6 a.m., and the new auxiliary lanes are expected to open to traffic in June.

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. Motorists, businesses and residents are encouraged to subscribe to receive email updates using the red envelope GovDelivery icon found on any INDOT web page. For construction updates, photos and more via social media, like the Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central Facebook page and follow @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.


U.S. 31 Traffic Shifting Monday

April 11th, 2014 at 4:40 am by under Traffic

WESTFIELD – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to begin on or after Monday, April 7 shifting all lanes of U.S. Highway 31 to share the northbound side of the highway between State Road 38 and 169th Street.

Once the traffic shift is complete, crews will begin construction of the southbound lanes of the new U.S. 31 freeway through the end of this year. During this time, the following restrictions will be in place:

Southbound U.S. 31 reduced to one lane between State Road 38 and State Road 32
Northbound U.S. 31 reduced to one lane between 181st Street and State Road 38
Access to/from 203rd Street at U.S. 31 permanently removed

Once traffic is shifted between State Road 38 and 169th Street, left turns to/from U.S. 31 will only be permitted at 181st/Hoover Street, 196th Street, State Road 32 and 169th Street. Barrier wall, tubular markers and signage will be in place to encourage motorists to only make left turns at these locations between State Road 38 and 169th Street.

As part of the traffic shift on or after April 7, a yellow flashing turn arrow will be activated at the temporary traffic signal at U.S. 31 and 196th Street. This type of signal allows left-turning traffic to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and turn when a suitable gap is available. More information about the flashing yellow left-turn arrow is available on INDOT’s web site at www.in.gov/indot/3202.htm.

For information on The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County, visit US31HamiltonCounty.in.gov. For media inquiries, please click here to access our media kit. To receive project updates, including dates and times of restrictions:

Subscribe to the project enewsletter at www.US31closure.com
Text ROADS to 411247 to receive updates on your mobile device (standard text rates apply)
Follow #US31Closure posts and like Indiana Department of Transportation East Central on Facebook
Follow #US31Closure posts and @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter


Hancock county construction

April 10th, 2014 at 4:40 am by under Traffic

Westbound I-70 Shifting to Work Zone Configuration

Overnight restriction to set barrier wall across bridge

HANCOCK COUNTY – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to shift traffic lanes on westbound Interstate 70 tonight before beginning pavement improvements between State Road 9 (Exit 104 to Greenfield) and Mt. Comfort Road (Exit 96).

Milestone Contractors, the INDOT contractor for the $15.2 million project, will restrict one lane at a time beginning Wednesday after 9 p.m. to shift both westbound lanes of traffic before 6 a.m. The left lane will be diverted across the median to share the eastbound side of the interstate. Temporary concrete barrier wall will separate the opposing directions of traffic. Eastbound I-70 will also have an overnight left lane restriction as contractors finish placing the barrier wall across the Sugar Creek Bridge.

The temporary traffic configuration is very similar to the work zone that was in place last year when Milestone repaired the eastbound side of the highway. All lane restrictions are expected to take place during off-peak traffic periods, weeknights between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and on weekends. The contract is scheduled to be complete this summer.

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 distractions. INDOT partners with the Indiana State Police to provide increased work zones patrols and promote public safety. Motorists are urged to always comply with work zone speed limits, maintain safe distances from other vehicles and avoid distractions to improve safety for both highway workers and motorists.

For more information on the project, go to http://www.in.gov/indot/3192.htm. INDOT encourages motorists, residents and businesses to subscribe to receive email updates using the GovDelivery red envelope icon. Updates will also be posted on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/INDOTEastCentral and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral.


Carmel construction notes

March 17th, 2014 at 4:55 am by under Traffic

Main & Pennsylvania Intersection Closure Begins Monday

CARMEL – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to fully close the intersection at Main/131st and Pennsylvania streets on Monday, March 17.

The three-week closure will help expedite utility relocations and prepare for construction of a roundabout. Construction of the roundabout will also require closure of the intersection for up to 60 days beginning later this spring. The signed detour will direct traffic to Carmel Drive/126th Street and Old Meridian Street.

Open Houses to Discuss U.S. 31 Construction and Closure

The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County project team is inviting the public to two open house meetings next week to discuss construction progress and the closure of U.S. 31 between Old Meridian and 136th Street beginning on or after April 4, 2014. Both meetings are open to the public from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m.

March 18: Carmel High School Freshman Cafeteria, 520 E. Main Street
March 19: Westfield Middle School Cafeteria, 345 W. Hoover St.

Stay Informed On The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County

For more information on The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County and other major INDOT projects, visit www.INDOT.IN.gov. To receive updates on The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County, including dates and times of restrictions,

Subscribe to the enewsletter to receive updates via email
Text ROADS to 411247 to receive updates on your mobile device (standard text rates apply)
Like the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central on Facebook
Follow @INDOT_ECentral and #US31closure on Twitter


Holiday travel reminders

November 25th, 2013 at 6:42 am by under Traffic

INDOT and State Farm® Remind Travelers to Prepare for Heavy Holiday Traffic to Stay Safe on Indiana Roads this Thanksgiving

Hoosier Helpers Keep Traffic Moving and Save Lives

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises drivers to plan accordingly for the anticipated heavy holiday traffic this Thanksgiving weekend. Recognized as one of the busiest travel times of the year, motorists are at a higher risk for crashes. The INDOT Hoosier Helpers, sponsored by State Farm, will be out on Indiana’s major roadways to assist in the reduction of traffic congestion and to help motorists who may break down on the side of the road. Together INDOT and State Farm are encouraging motorists to do their part in keeping safe during holiday travel by preparing for possible traffic delays and driving safely to and from their holiday destination.

“The Hoosier Helpers will be out in full force to support the many travelers utilizing Indiana’s roadways to see their family and friends over the holidays,” said INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning. “The Helpers not only assist in keeping roadways clear and free of congestion, but also provide assistance to motorists who may find themselves broken down. Their service is one that we believe many motorists and families will be thankful for this holiday season.”

There’s little doubt the Hoosier Helpers will be kept especially busy providing free assistance to disabled motorists on the Interstates. It’s reported that 43 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. Approximately 90 percent of those holiday travelers will use the nation’s roadways. With the heaviest traffic predicted for Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, if possible, Indiana residents are encouraged plan their travel to avoid these peak traffic times.

“From distracted drivers to speedy drivers, State Farm knows there are many risks facing motorists during the high-traffic holiday weekend,” said State Farm Vice President-Agency David Champ. “During the holiday season and every day, the Hoosier Helper program demonstrates our good neighbor commitment by helping people manage the risks of everyday life and recover from the unexpected.”

The INDOT Hoosier Helper Service Patrol consists of 26 vehicles covering 157 miles of roadway in the state. It assists motorists Monday-Friday from 6 am – 9 pm. The patrol will be available to help keep drivers safe by changing flat tires, fixing minor mechanical problems, and providing fuel, among other services. State Farm signed on as the official program sponsor in 2011 and is a proud supporter of similar programs in nine additional states.


Winter weather driving reminder

November 13th, 2013 at 5:06 am by under Traffic

INDOT Advising Motorists to be Prepared for Winter Weather

Use Caution As Some Drivers Re-Learn Safe Winter Driving Habits

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is focusing attention on what is likely to be the first statewide winter weather event of the season, and is asking drivers to do the same.

INDOT’s drivers are trained and its salt supplies are stocked for winter operations well in advance of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, which begins Nov. 18. The first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers become accustomed to driving in winter weather conditions. Drivers are asked to promote their own safety and that of others by reducing their speed according to road conditions and increasing the distance between themselves and other vehicles, especially INDOT’s yellow plow trucks.

Current forecasts are tracking rain moving into central Indiana, which is predicted to change to snow as temperatures are expected to drop rapidly tonight through tomorrow. INDOT will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as a statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of the anticipated changes in precipitation and temperatures. INDOT’s top winter priority is snow and ice prevention and removal to ensure its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes are as safe as possible.

At this time, INDOT’s Indianapolis subdistrict is scheduling 34 drivers at 9 p.m. to patrol roadways and apply anti-icing agents as needed through the Tuesday morning commute hours.

Motorists can plan ahead to safely reach their destinations by staying updated on the latest weather and road conditions. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts. For social media updates during winter weather, visit www.socialmedia.indot.IN.gov to find your regional INDOT district on Facebook and Twitter.


Northbound U.S. 31 “Split Diamond” Interchange Segments Opening

November 13th, 2013 at 5:04 am by under Traffic

Northbound U.S. 31 “Split Diamond” Interchange Segments Opening

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will begin tomorrow final work on 151st Street east of U.S. 31 that will culminate in the opening of new northbound “split diamond” interchange ramp segments.

Rieth-Riley Construction plans to mill and pave 151st Street east of U.S. 31 beginning Wednesday morning and continuing through Thursday. The operation is scheduled to take place during daylight hours, and flaggers will be used to direct traffic. Motorists are advised to plan for delays or take an alternate route if possible.

Pavement markings will follow the paving, and traffic on Greyhound Pass and 151st Street is planned to shift early next week to a configuration allowing the northbound ramp connector between Greyhound Pass and 151st Street to open to traffic.

Contractors plan to shift northbound U.S. 31 traffic to new pavement on the east side of the highway just south of 161st Street as early as next week. Also expected before Thanksgiving, the northbound U.S. 31 exit ramp to 146th Street will split to open access to Greyhound Pass and 151st Street. Access will remain open to northbound U.S. 31 from Greyhound Pass east of U.S. 31. Construction is expected to continue through the winter on the northbound U.S. 31 entrance ramp from 151st Street.

Upgrading U.S. 31 to freeway standards from I-465 to State Road 38 is the largest and most aggressive road project ever implemented in Hamilton County. The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County is part of a Major Moves program to upgrade or bypass congested sections of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend—reducing congestion, improving safety and providing continuity of commerce and regional travel for a U.S. highway that stretches from Michigan to Alabama.

For more information on The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County and other major INDOT projects, visit www.INDOT.IN.gov. To receive updates on The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County, including dates and times of restrictions,

Subscribe to the enewsletter to receive updates via email
Text ROADS to 411247 to receive updates on your mobile device (standard text rates apply)
Like the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central on Facebook
Follow @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter


Traffic restrictions in Greenfield

November 1st, 2013 at 4:53 am by under Traffic

I-70 Work Zones, Traffic Restrictions This Weekend

GREENFIELD, Ind. – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors plan to restrict Interstate 70 traffic in two locations this weekend for paving operations.

The left lane of eastbound I-70 will be restricted Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. until approximately 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 for pavement repairs approaching Exit 104 to State Road 9.

Eastbound and westbound I-70 near mile marker 108 will have alternating lane restrictions beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 for asphalt paving on the inside and outside shoulders. All lane restrictions are expected to end by 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Drivers are advised to practice safe driving habits, such as following work zone speed limits, maintaining safe distances from other vehicles, and avoiding distractions.

INDOT encourages motorists, residents and businesses to visit www.indot.in.gov and subscribe to receive INDOT news and information by email using the red GovDelivery envelope icon. Updates are also available by liking the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.