Lehe: Be aware of road construction projects

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, July 5, 2019

With warmer weather comes increased road construction. Though it can be frustrating at times, our roads require constant maintenance to keep Hoosier motorists safe. It is important to be patient, remain calm and follow helpful safety tips while traveling on Indiana’s roadways this summer.    

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, 4 out of 5 people killed in work zones are drivers and passengers – not highway workers. For your own safety and the safety of those around you, it is critical to slow down and pay attention when driving through road construction. Avoid distractions, like texting or talking on the phone, and watch for speed limit reductions and changes in traffic patterns. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of work zone crash, so always be sure to keep a safe distance between you and others.

INDOT provides Hoosiers with helpful tools to navigate work zones. The TrafficWise webpage gives information on traffic conditions, road closures and travel times, and CARS 511 webpage shows road conditions, closures and width/weight restrictions. Both of these online resources, as well as other information on current road construction projects, can be found at www.in.gov/indot. The state also has an INDOT Mobile app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, to help motorists with their commute.

Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America, with 80,000 miles of highly traveled roadways. This makes it all the more important to maintain and preserve our roads. In 2017, lawmakers enacted the state’s largest, fully-funded infrastructure investment plan. This law created the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which awarded nearly $4 million to Carroll, Cass, Clinton and White counties combined for road and bridge improvements without passing any debt on to future generations. 

The increased investments in our infrastructure mean more work on our roads. Please exercise caution when traveling this summer, and remember to be patient. Construction crews are working hard to make the roads better for all of us. If you have any questions, please reach out to me by emailing h25@iga.in.gov or by calling 317-234-2993.

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State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
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