INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 30, 2015) — INDOT officials say they’re working on a cost effective way to keep more drivers safe.
INDOT crews identified seven interstate ramps in the Indianapolis area with a history of more crash issues, especially crashes involving semi trucks:
- Southbound I-465 to eastbound I-70 (east side)
- Northbound I-465 to westbound I-70 (east side)
- Westbound I-70 to southbound I-465 (east side)
- Eastbound I-70/Northbound I-65 to northbound I-65 (north split)
- Eastbound I-70 to Keystone Avenue
- Eastbound I-70 to I-465 (west side)
- Northbound I-465 to westbound I-865 (northwest side)
INDOT’s most recent available numbers (between 2011 and 2013) show those seven areas accounted for 110 crashes, with 39 of those happening on I-70 W to I-465 S on the east side:
- I-465 SB to I-70 EB: 12
- I-70 WB to I-465 SB: 39
- I-465 NB to I-70 WB: 3
- I-65 NB to I-65 NB (North Split): 15
- I-465 NB to I-865 WB: 9
- I-70 EB to I-465 NB: 16
- I-70 EB to Keystone Ave.: 16
That’s why officials say a project is underway to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention. You’ll notice safety additions — which will vary in those seven areas — like more signs, rumble strips, more lighting and even LED speed display signs in some of the areas. The changes will cost $200,000 total, but INDOT officials say it’s actually a cost effective plan considering the alternatives.
“Relative to reconstructing some of these ramps to get maybe a wide sweeping flyover ramp — it’s a low cost, high impact, high result project – we’re trying to get results, lower injuries, lower fatalities, lower crashes with a low cost project,” said INDOT Spokesperson Nate Riggs.
“We believe if we can reduce the speed of the motorists and get them to pay attention, especially on these seven ramps, that we could have a significant impact on reducing crashes and improving safety,” Riggs said.
Riggs says they’ll be tracking these areas closely to see how well the safety features work out. Changes are underway now should be finished by the end of July.