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Drive safely and plan ahead over Memorial Day weekend

INDIANA— While fewer drivers are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to slow down and travel safely, especially in work zones. AAA predicts record low travel volumes across the U.S. with social distancing guidelines still in place. This follows the second-highest volume on record set last year at 43 million travelers.

In Indiana, residents are starting to get “Back on Track” as various businesses and services are reopening. Because of this, Hoosiers may experience increased traffic in some areas.

Construction hiatus

Where possible, road construction and maintenance activities will be suspended by noon on Friday, May 22. However, a number of restrictions and closures will remain in place due to long-term projects, including:

Northern Indiana

  • Lane closures on I-65 from U.S. 231/Crown Point to Ridge Road/Hobart
  • Lane closures on I-80/94 at I-65 interchange in Lake County
  • Multiple projects on I-469 with lane restrictions and reduced speeds in Allen County

Central Indiana

  • I-70 WB reduced to one lane between Exit 3 (Darwin Road) and the Illinois state line in Vigo County
  • Shifted lanes on I-70 EB between S.R. 267 and Ronald Reagan Parkway in Hendricks County
  • I-70 EB closed between Ronald Reagan Parkway and the South Split in Indianapolis
  • Lane closures on I-70 EB/WB between Mt. Comfort Road and the Ohio state line in Hancock, Henry and Wayne Counties

Southern Indiana

  • Bridge replacement on U.S. 41 over the White River between Knox and Gibson Counties
  • U.S. 41 NB to I-69 NB ramp closed in Evansville
  • Lane restrictions on I-69 NB/SB in Greene, Daviess and Vanderburgh Counties
  • Lane restrictions on S.R. 37 and S.R. 39 in Martinsville
  • Lane restrictions and shifts on I-65 NB/SB between Seymour and Columbus
  • U.S. 31 closed over I-65 in Jackson County (south of Seymour)
  • S.R. 256 closed between S.R. 203 and U.S. 31 in Scott County
  • Lane restrictions on I-74 EB/WB between Exit 156 (S.R. 101) and the Ohio state line in Ripley/Dearborn Counties

Know before you go

Drivers can learn more about existing work zones and other traffic alerts by visiting indot.carsprogram.org, dialing 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone, or downloading the INDOT mobile app.

Subscribe to email and text alerts about INDOT projects here and be sure follow district pages on social media for the latest updates.

INDOT urges motorists to buckle up, follow posted speed limits, avoid distractions and allow extra time when traveling over the holiday weekend.

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