TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Drivers, heads up, parts of Interstate 70 will be closed this summer due to some major repairs.

The Indiana Department of Transportation along with Reith Riley Construction will resurface a 5-mile stretch of highway from near the state line of Illinois to the Wabash River bridge.

Under this same project, bridges and overpasses will receive maintenance work in 2023.

Throughout the day, traffic will flow through one lane before closing for the evening. The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 will be completely closed except for Friday nights.

“Take your safety seriously and also take our worker’s safety seriously. This is a big public investment to make your commute easier and safer,” Public Relations Director with InDOT, Megan DeLucaney, said.

She adds the resurfacing will promote longevity for the infrastructure and avoid issues down the road.

Resident, Nicole Dillman said she isn’t a fan of driving on I-70 for safety reasons.

“[Drivers] on there just drive distracted and don’t pay attention to what they’re doing,” Dillman said.

But, her main concern is alternate routes to avoid traffic becoming clustered.

“It’s going to make it more hectic. It’s probably going to cause more accidents,” She added.

Due to I-70’s reputation of being a heavily traveled area, concerns remain about potential traffic backups and distracted driving.

In 2020, the Indiana State Police reported 82 crashes on I-70 in Indiana between MM 1 and MM 59. Eighteen of those crashes resulted in injuries, and 4 of the crashes involved fatalities.

More data can be found on the link below.

Sgt. Matt Ames said patrols will be monitoring construction zones.

“We want to remind all citizens that if you are exceeding the posted speed limit or driving while distracted fines go up drastically and you’ll pay a bigger fine,” Ames said.

Officials with InDot share that same warning to motorists.

A completion and start date have not yet been announced.