Safety project continues in Putnam, Montgomery counties

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced that a U.S. 231 rumble strips project will begin this week.

U.S. 231 will have edge and center line rumble strips installed from State Road 236 north to the start of the four-lane section of roadway south of Crawfordsville.

Last fall the rumble strips were installed on U.S. 41 from State Road 163 to Rockville. The overall project was awarded to Indiana Sign and Barricade for $363,293.

Edge line rumble strips are similar to shoulder rumble strips, but placed at the edge of the travel lane, typically in line with the edge line pavement marking.

Center line rumble strips are installed at or near the center line of an undivided roadway, and may be comprised of either a single or double line of rumbles. Such treatments are found to reduce run-off-road right crashes and cross center line crashes such as head-on collisions.

Rumble strips are intended to save lives and prevent serious injury by alerting drivers that they are leaving the driving lane. They consist of raised or grooved patterns on the roadway, providing the driver with both an audible warning (rumbling sound) and a physical vibration.

Indiana Sign and Barricade will be installing these during the hours of 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. This project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of June. Motorists are encouraged to watch for lane restrictions in the area the contractor will be working.

INDOT reminds motorists to follow the posted work zone speed limit, use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through a construction zone.

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