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INDOT: Expect heavy holiday traffic

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The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers to travel safely and expect more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday, as the AAA Hoosier Motor club predicts that an improving economy will prompt nearly 980,000 travelers to hit Indiana roads Nov. 23-27, a 2-percent increase over last year.

Hoosier Helpers-- sponsored by State Farm--will patrol urban interstates in Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Indiana near Louisville during heavy travel periods this holiday, INDOT noted.

“Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work this holiday weekend to increase roadway mobility and safety,” INDOT said. “INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic.”

Some restrictions, however, will remain in place due to ongoing road construction, including the following:

* I-65 lanes are shifted for widening construction in three locations: between Sellersburg (exit 9) and Memphis Road (exit 16); between Ind. 44 (exit 90) in Franklin and Whiteland (exit 95); and between Ind. 38 (exit 168) and Ind. 25 (exit 175) near Lafayette.

* I-69 lanes are shifted toward the right shoulders for widening construction between Ind. 37 (exit 205) in Fishers and Ind. 38 (exit 219) near Pendleton. Large trucks are advised to use the left lane through the work zone.

* Sections of Ind. 37 from Bloomington to just south of Martinsville are reduced to one lane in each direction for Interstate 69 construction.

* Sections of U.S. Highway 41 near Vincennes are reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge construction, including at the U.S. 50 interchange.

Learn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways by visiting

Or else call (800) 261-ROAD (7623) or dial 511 from a mobile phone.



Posted 11/22/2016




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