*Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story had the wrong detour information. The story has since been corrected with INDOT’s detour recommendations.
WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Those who travel on I-70 may have noticed stopped traffic as crews have worked both days and nights to get patchwork projects done as quickly as possible.
Restrictions start west of the Exit 23 ramp at State Road 59, and end just east of Mile Marker 29 near County Road 900.
As many interstates are heavily traveled Public Relations Director for INDOT Crawfordsville Megan Delucenay said they consistently keep an eye on the interstate for any wear and tear.
“We always try to keep our eye on what places need fixing,” Delucenay said. “I-70 being heavily traveled that’s obviously one we have our eye on a lot.”
Drivers can expect slow speeds and even stops on the interstate due to lane restrictions.
Truck Driver Ghasasan Aljord said the patchwork on Exit 23 has affected his commute.
“It’s doubled my driving time because when you are a truck driver you have to follow the department of transportation rules,” Aljord said. “You have to drive for a certain time and then you go sleep, so if I am driving and I’m not moving then I might as well go to sleep.”
Despite the slow speeds Delucenay said it’s important that drivers don’t exceed the speed limit in the construction zones.
“It’s mostly to keep drivers safe most of the fatalities that happen in work zones are the actual motorists,” Delucenay said.
Instead of detouring on U.S. 40, motorists also have the option of State Road 42 (although there is a bridge closure in that area), State Road 46 or State Road 36.
Delucenay said as crews have found additional places that need to be patched along the interstate, it’s important drivers allow themselves extra time to commute.
“Be patient whenever you go through a work zone,” Delucenay said. “The only thing that separates road workers from your car is usually just a plastic barrel.”
Patchwork on I-70 is set to be completed at the end of July, weather permitting.