Davisson: Staying safe on our roads

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, March 23, 2018

With winter coming to a close, road construction projects will increase. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, fatal work zone crashes occur most often in the summer and fall. Let’s be diligent, fully alert and safe out on the road, especially in work zones. Follow these tips from INDOT to keep yourself and other drivers safe.

It is easy to get distracted while behind the wheel. Drivers in work zones must pay attention and expect changes without notice. Don’t text, speed or tailgate. This is important not only to keep you and your passengers safe, but the hardworking road construction crews who have family expecting them to return home.

To help drivers, INDOT provides tools for navigating work zones. Timely, accurate and relevant work zone information can be found at www.in.gov/indot. The INDOT TrafficWise webpage provides information about traffic conditions, road closures, travel times, as well as images from traffic cameras. The INDOT CARS 511 webpage shows road conditions, closures and width/weight restrictions. These resources can be found on INDOT’s website under the “travel conditions” tab and clicking “travel information.” INDOT also has a mobile app available to help motorists with their commute and contacting INDOT. It’s available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

While construction can be frustrating, our roads require constant maintenance. Thanks to a 20-year road funding plan state lawmakers enacted last year, repairs on our roads will continue. An additional $357 million in state and $260 million in local road funding became available this year. These amounts will continue to increase year-over-year to eventually reach a combined $1.2 billion in additional road funding by 2024. Because of this funding plan, Lawrence, Orange, Clark, Harrison, Jackson and Washington counties received over $1.5 million in additional state support through the Community Crossings grant program, which helps local governments make necessary repairs and updates to roads and bridges. All of this investment in our infrastructure is being done without passing on any debt to future generations.

Travelers should expect to come across a work zone while driving in the upcoming months. When driving in construction zones, remember to be patient and stay calm. The construction crews are working diligently to maintain Indiana as the Crossroads of America. Please contact me with any questions or input at h73@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9769.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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