VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — New construction and speed limit signs are slowly starting to appear on Interstate 70 as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation newest project.
A $2.9 million investment will add three overhead dynamic signs and nine close circuit cameras.
Those signs will be when drivers enter the state from Illinois, near the nine mile marker and between Clay and Vigo County.
Amber Alerts, construction zones, lane closures, accidents and other potential commute disruptors will be displayed on the signs to help keep motorists be more alert.
“It’s just a great way to be able to communicate real time information to drivers,” Debbie Calder, Director of Communications for INDOT said. “It increases the safety for motorists which is really important.”
Drivers will be able to access circuit cameras for a live look at traffic before even leaving their home.
Clay County resident Sheila Zimmerman said she is in favor of these protocols. She hopes they alleviate her concerns of others distracted driving or recklessly.
“There’s been so many accidents on I-70. I know of a couple personally, so you know it just needs to be done. I think that stretch of highway from Terre Haute to Indianapolis is really dangerous,” she added. “It’s overdue.”
Sgt. Matt Ames, Public Information Officer with the Indiana State Police, said the agency responds to multiple calls involving accidents and cars disabled on the roadway.
“We’re hoping the motorists that’s going to be provided for them to make good commons sense decisions that they’re travelling out here to make good decisions for themselves and other motorists,” Ames said. “We hope it helps people avoid accidents and not create more.”
The project is expected to be completed in May 2022. Construction shouldn’t effect traffic until the signs are installed , but motorists are asked to pay attention to their surroundings and the speed limit.