INDOT speeding up I-69 construction, could slow commuters down

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is once again trading commuters’ short-term pain for a long-term gain.

Instead of limiting lane closures to mostly overnight work, INDOT is now allowing its contractors to complete major lane closures on Interstate 69 during the day.

The change was made to help the contractors complete their Operation Indy Commute work before the end of November, INDOT said.

However, some limitations will remain in place to avoid extra backups during rush hour.  INDOT said the contractors are not allowed restrict lane access on southbound I-69 on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  No lane restrictions are allowed on northbound I-69 on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

That being said, single-lane restrictions are now allowed on weekends and double-lane restrictions are permitted overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“Oh my God, you just don’t know,” said Helen Batts, a commuter who told FOX59 that she wants the construction to be over “soon.”

In 2012, contractors did not finish their scheduled work on I-69 by the end of the year, forcing them to complete those portions of the project in early 2013.