HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind.- The Indiana Department of Transportation announce the I-70 project will move into a new maintenance of traffic phase on Sunday, July 12 overnight from just west of State Road 267 near Clarks Creek to the Ronald Reagan Parkway. This switch was previously scheduled to take place tonight but has been rescheduled due to weather. Motorists will be shifted into the eastbound side of the interstate with three lanes for westbound and two lanes for eastbound travel. The on ramp from S.R. 267 to I-70 eastbound will be closed. The official detour for this ramp closure follows S.R. 267 to U.S. 40 to I-465. This is scheduled for a 120 day closure with an incentive for the contractor to complete earlier. The max incentive is 60 days.
Milestone Contractors, L.P. was awarded this $43.9 million project that will rebuild the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 from one half of one mile west of S.R. 267 to Ronald Reagan Parkway and patch the interstate from just west of S.R. 267 to S.R. 39. The westbound lanes will be rebuilt this year with the eastbound lanes construction occurring in 2021. The project is scheduled for completion in early summer of 2022.
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About the Indiana Hands-Free Law
In 2019, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute reported that distracted driving from mobile devices was a factor in at least 1,263 crashes and three fatal crashes. To make Hoosier roads safer, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed the Indiana Hands-Free law to reduce distracted driving across the state. Beginning July 1, 2020, drivers are prohibited from holding a mobile device, except in emergencies, while their vehicles are moving. For more information on the new law visit www.HandsFreeIndiana.com. Hands-Free Indiana is a partnership between the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Constructors Inc., Indiana Motor Truck Association and ACEC Indiana.