INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The community that's the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is getting more than $430,000 in state funding to help complete several road and sidewalk projects.
INDOT reviews plans to shutter 2 southern Indiana rest stops
DALE, Ind. (AP) — State highway officials are reviewing their plans to close two little-used highway rest stops in southern Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced in January that the two Interstate 64 rest stops near the Spencer County town of Dale would be closed after a review found they were infrequently used.
Indiana bridge needs $120K in repairs even before completion
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A replacement bridge that's under construction in a central Indiana city already needs $120,000 in repairs even before it's completed.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says an expansion joint needs replaced in the Eisenhower Bridge in downtown Anderson.
INDOT to shutter 2 southern Indiana rest stops along I-64
DALE, Ind. (AP) — State highway officials are preparing to close two little-used rest stops along Interstate 64 in far southern Indiana.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Tiller says the rest stops along westbound and eastbound lanes of I-64 between Huntingburg and Ferdinand will close by the end of February.
Ramp to Interstate 80/94 reopens after lubricant spill
GARY, Ind. (AP) — A ramp to a northwestern Indiana freeway has reopened two days after being shut down after an industrial lubricant spill.
Holcomb says no new tolls on Indiana interstate highways
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won't impose new tolls on Indiana's interstate highways while in office.
Holcomb on Thursday sent to the State Budget Committee a tolling plan created by the Indiana Department of Transportation, but in a letter to lawmakers he said fuel tax and vehicle registration fee increases approved by the General Assembly last year will sufficiently fund the state's current road construction projects.
Indiana barn that once housed circus elephants being razed
PERU, Ind. (AP) — A historic northern Indiana barn that once housed circus elephants is being razed to make way for limited-access freeway along U.S. 31.
The Indiana Department of Transportation owns the land near Peru that's home to several barns, which once served as the Terrell Jacobs Circus Winter Quarters.
That property about 80 miles north of Indianapolis dates to the 1930s, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
INDOT: Latest segment of I-69 extension ready for 70 mph
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — State highway officials say the 21-mile section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville is finally ready for top highway speeds.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says motorists can expect 70 mph speed limits along much of the newest section of the I-69 extension beginning Monday.
Crews spent the weekend removing barrels and uncovering speed limit signs along the corridor.
Highway stretch closed since February flooding back open
LA CROSSE, Ind. (AP) — An approximately 8-mile stretch of a state highway in northwestern Indiana has reopened after being closed since February because of flood damage.
20-minute closures on I-65 rescheduled to early Friday
WOLCOTT, Ind. (AP) — Periodic 20-minute closures of northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 65 are scheduled to occur early Friday, weather permitting.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the closures near the 196 mile marker in White County are due to occur from 12:01 a.m. until approximately 5 a.m. Friday. The closures were rescheduled from Wednesday.
INDOT says J.F. Edward Construction Co. will be stringing electrical lines above the interstate.
20-minute closures on Interstate 65 due early Wednesday
WOLCOTT, Ind. (AP) — Periodic 20-minute closures of northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 65 are scheduled to occur early Wednesday, weather permitting.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the closures near the 196 mile marker in White County are due to occur between 12:01 a.m. until approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday.
INDOT says J.F. Edward Construction Co. will be stringing electrical lines above the interstate.
Opening of pedestrian bridge delayed for additional testing
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The opening of a pedestrian bridge that will link two college campuses in Fort Wayne has been pushed back by additional testing of the span.
The Parker Cole Crossing was initially set to open in June, spanning a busy roadway to link Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College.
But the Indiana Department of Transportation added additional testing to ensure the $4.5 million bridge meets design and construction standards.
City: INDOT will miss Aug. 31 target for I-69 Section 5
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The city of Bloomington says the state will miss its Aug. 31 target for substantially completing Section 5 of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville.
The city issued a news release Tuesday saying the Indiana Department of Transportation would miss the target, based on a report the agency presented last week to the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
I-69 construction crews prepare for student move-in
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Construction crews working on Interstate 69 are preparing for an influx of traffic as Indiana University students begin moving in.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the final stages of construction of a 21-mile (34-kilometer) section of the highway between Bloomington and Martinsville.
ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) — State officials want to revamp one of Indiana's most dangerous intersections by turning it into what's known as a "dog bone" interchange.
The northern Indiana intersection of U.S. 20 and Indiana 2 near the LaPorte County town of Rolling Prairie currently uses traffic signals.
Discussions continue on Indiana highway project
JASPER, Ind. (AP) — Southwestern Indiana officials have met with Gov. Eric Holcomb and the state's transportation commissioner in their continuing efforts to get a four-lane, limited-access highway built to ease traffic congestion in the region.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman says state archaeology experts believe a human skull unearthed during construction of a northern Indiana walking trail is that of an older adult of European descent.
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Bridge maintenance is planned for three sets of bridges in the city of Fort Wayne from Monday through late spring, the Indiana Department of Transportation said today.
INDOT said drivers may experience shoulder closures and alternating lane restrictions in the following locations:
Drivers should be prepared for stopped traffic in the work zone, and should use caution and consider worker safety when driving through an active construction zone, INDOT said.
Delayed oversized loads are scheduled to rumble through the area Friday.
The two loads, hauling furnace ducts, will be leaving from Indianapolis Thursday, a statement from the Indiana Department of Transportation said, stopping in Bryant overnight.
In northeast Indiana, the transportation of the loads will temporarily close portions of U.S. 27, U.S. 224, Indiana 101, Indiana 1 and U.S. 6.
Five northeast Indiana highways will temporarily close Thursday as a slow-moving oversized load travels through the area, the Indiana Department of Transportation said today.
The trip from Bryant in Jay County toward the Ohio state line in DeKalb County will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the transportation department said in a statement.
Drivers should be prepared for temporary closures and slow-moving traffic along the route, the statement said.
Millions of federal dollars for road improvements are heading to Indiana rural communities, including nearly $17 million for nine northeast Indiana towns and counties.
A total of $161.3 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 66 Hoosier communities, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The money, which is similar to past years, is for local road, bridge, sidewalk and trail projects.
Added turn lanes will cause lane restrictions and lane shifts at an intersection on Fort Wayne's north side, the Indiana Department of Transportation said today.
Beginning Monday, construction for three new turn lanes at Indiana 930/Coliseum Boulevard to Coldwater Road is set to begin, weather permitting, the transportation department said in a statement.
Raised pavement markers will be refurbished in several northeast Indiana counties beginning Monday, the Indiana Department of Transportation said today.
Drivers should watch for lane restrictions, stopped traffic and flaggers in the area where the work is being done, the transportation department said in a statement.
Signal improvements will be done along U.S. 6 in DeKalb and Noble counties, beginning Monday, the Indiana Department of Transportation said today.
Crews will be installing new signals and upgrades including flashing yellow arrows on left-turn signals at specific intersections, the transportation department said in a statement.
The intersection getting the work in DeKalb County is U.S. 6 at Interstate 69, northbound and southbound ramps.
Residents oppose planned changes to Indiana highway
OAKTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of southwestern Indiana residents are urging state transportation officials to reconsider their plan to make changes to a dangerous highway intersection, saying the changes would only make it more treacherous.
INDOT says motorists may encounter pothole repair crews
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning motorists to watch out for crews fixing potholes.
INDOT said Tuesday it's allowing work crews across the state to close travel lanes where necessary during daytime hours for repairs. That includes closures during peak travel times for priority repairs.
INDIANAPOLIS — Currently, for those who live in La Porte County and wish to travel to Chicago, there are three primary options.
One could take the South Shore Line train, travel via the Indiana Toll Road or travel for “free” via I-94.
INDOT’s new mobile app has traffic speeds, travel advisories
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation has a new mobile app that shows current traffic speeds, travel advisories and winter weather road conditions.
The app released this week also has a zoomable, scrollable map-based display; customizable alerts for road closures, construction/maintenance, and accidents; and traffic camera images from metro areas.
Indiana Department of Transportation offers ‘Santa Tracker’
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation says it will track Santa's movements as he crisscrosses the state this Christmas Eve.
The agency says in a news release it plans to post updates to regional social media pages between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
This will be the third year INDOT dusts off its "Santa Tracker." INDOT says those wishing to follow along on Facebook and Twitter can catch St. Nick as he make stops at numerous Indiana landmarks.
La PORTE — The number of accidents along U.S. 20 has dropped in recent months, with officials attributing the decline to newly installed rumble strips, increased law enforcement and greater public awareness of the dangers.
“We believe it’s a combination of these factors,” La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd said.
Southern Indiana interstate widening project coming to close
SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A two-year interstate highway widening project in southern Indiana is coming to a close.
Transportation officials call off proposed J-turn projects
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — State officials are calling off intersection projects on two highways in northern Indiana after receiving complaints from the public about the unfamiliar designs being proposed.
PRINCETON -- The stretch of Ind. 64 between Princeton and Mount Carmel has become more dangerous, with the number of fatalities more than quadrupling in the past year. Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle reported one fatality in 2016 on Ind. 64 west of Princeton, compared to six this year.
Holcomb: Leave I-465 out of interstate tolling study
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb says he has directed the Indiana Department of Transportation not to include the Interstate 465 loop around Indianapolis in a strategic plan for tolling along certain Indiana interstate highways.
As the winter months approach, the Indiana Department of Transportation began vehicle and equipment inspections Wednesday at its Fort Wayne unit.
"This is the third one we've completed, and they are looking for any deficiency, anything that could be malfunctioning," INDOT spokeswoman Nichole Thomas said. "We're making sure everything is in order, so we can address those deficiencies right now before the first snow."
INDOT crews were inspecting trucks, plows and other equipment used to clear roads.
Rolling slowdowns and ramp closures are set to begin on or after Monday on Interstates 69 and 469, the Indiana Department of Transportation said today.
American Electric Power crews will be removing and replacing cables over the Interstate, just south of Dupont Road, the transportation department said in a statement.
Drivers will experience traffic slowdowns, lane restrictions and ramp closures beginning at 6 a.m., the statement said.
Cable safety barrier planned for 30 miles of Interstate 74
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Contractors will outfit a 30-mile section of Interstate 74 in central Indiana with cable barriers intended to prevent deadly crashes.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the $2 million project will begin as early as December and should be complete by next summer.
The cable safety barriers will be installed along I-74's median starting at Interstate 465 on Indianapolis' southeast side, extending through Shelby County and ending in northwestern Decatur County.
Officials to hold up car registrations over unpaid tolls
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drivers in Indiana and Kentucky could be blocked from renewing their vehicle registrations over unpaid Ohio River bridge tolls.
Officials said Tuesday that a hold will be placed on vehicle registrations if a toll goes without payment after at least four notices have been sent. They say full payment is required for a hold to be released.
Scott Adams of the Indiana Department of Transportation says both states will start cracking down later this month.
INDOT to accept applications for rural roads projects
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation will be accepting applications from local governments who want federal dollars for infrastructure projects.
INDOT says in a news release that the state expects to receive between $80 million and $100 million in federal transportation funding.
The state says the latest round of funding is for rural areas. To qualify, communities need to design, develop, purchase land and bid out the projects within five years.
Northern Indiana county officials oppose J-turns on US 31
PERU, Ind. (AP) — Elected officials say a proposal to install intersections called J-turns along U.S. 31 in a northern Indiana county could make the highway more dangerous.
The Indiana Department of Transportation proposes removing traffic signals along U.S. 31 at the intersections of Indiana 218 West and Indiana 18 in Miami County and installing J-turns featuring two dedicated lanes along the median drivers could use for turning onto U.S. 31.
Lawsuit seeks to stop billboards near new Ohio River bridge
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Government officials have asked a judge to halt construction on seven billboards near a newly opened bridge connecting Kentucky and Indiana.
State official says work picking up on delayed I-69 section
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A state official says construction work has accelerated on a long-delayed section of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension since a private developer was kicked off the project.
The Indiana Department of Transportation took control of the I-69 section between Bloomington and Martinsville in August from the developer that then-Gov. Mike Pence's administration picked in 2014 to design and build the 21-mile stretch.
Indiana officials propose way to make deadly highway safer
OAKTOWN, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation has proposed a way to make a deadly stretch of highway in western Indiana safer.
Department officials told the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that an intersection of U.S. 41 near Oaktown may be turned into a J-turn intersection. A J-turn is a type of median U-turn that could provide drivers with a safer way to cross the highway.
La PORTE — Integrating a proposed hiking and biking trail into plans to replace decking on the U.S. 35 bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad and Washington Street will not only benefit pedestrians but result in a more aesthetically pleasing span, planners say.
City officials signed an agreement this week with the Indiana Department of Transportation to participate in “engineering enhancements” on the bridge project.
Public meetings set on I-69 extension in central Indiana
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Three public meetings are planned for state officials to provide updates on the planned route for the final leg of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension that's been under construction since 2008.
The meetings are scheduled for Sept. 12 at Martinsville High School, followed by Sept. 13 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis and Sept. 14 at Center Grove High School near Greenwood. The hour-long meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
La PORTE — State highway officials, leveraging manpower and resources from an unrelated project, are installing centerline rumble strips on a deadly section of U.S. 20 more than a year earlier than planned.
Lane closures will be in place Tuesday and Wednesday on U.S. 20 between U.S. 35 and Ind. 2 as crews install rumble strips, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Indiana completes takeover of I-69 extension section
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Indiana has completed taking control of building a long-delayed section of the Interstate 69 extension from a private developer.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation is urging motorists to plan for traffic congestion in southern Indiana before and after the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
INDOT says Interstate 69, U.S. 41, and U.S. 231 are expected to experience higher southbound traffic with caravans of motorists headed for western Kentucky where the moon's full eclipse of the sun can be viewed within a 70-mile-wide swath. After the eclipse, heavy northbound traffic is expected on the same highways.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced these regional road projects that will begin next week:
In Mentone, South Franklin Street between West Monroe and West Main streets is scheduled to close at 6 a.m. Monday for railroad crossing repairs.
Norfolk Southern will rebuild the crossing to improve the surface for motorists. Work is anticipated to be done by Aug. 15.
The official state detour is Indiana 25 to Indiana 331 to Indiana 10.