New INDOT travel time signs to inform holiday travelers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is helping July 4th weekend travelers declare their independence from highway construction and uncertainty about the road ahead, allowing extra time for motorists to reach their holiday destinations safely by adding travel time information to dynamic message signs.

Just in time for holiday weekend travel, INDOT has added travel-time information to seven permanent dynamic message signs around the state, including Interstate 70 in west-central Indiana:

-- I-70 westbound at Mile 68 in Plainfield -- displays travel times to U.S. 231 (Exit 41 near Cloverdale), State Road 46 (Exit 11 near Terre Haute) and the Illinois state line (Mile 0).

-- I-70 eastbound at Mile 92 in Indianapolis -- displays travel times to State Road 9 (Exit 104 in Greenfield), State Road 3 (Exit 123 in Henry County) and the Ohio state line (Mile 156).

-- I-65 northbound at Mile 2 in Clarksville -- displays travel times to State Road 56 (Exit 29 in Scottsburg), U.S. 50 (Exit 50 in Seymour) and I-465 (Exit 106 in Indianapolis).

-- I-65 southbound at Mile 104 in Indianapolis -- displays travel times to State Road 46 (Exit 68 in Columbus), U.S. 50 (Exit 50 in Seymour) and I-265 (Exit 6 in Clark County).

-- I-65 northbound at Mile 131 in Boone County -- displays travel times to State Road 26 (Exit 172 in Lafayette), U.S. 24 (Exit 201 in Jasper County) and I-80 (Exit 259 in Lake County).

-- I-65 southbound at Mile 256 in Lake County -- displays travel times to State Road 2 (Exit 240 in Lake County), State Road 26 (Exit 172 in Lafayette) and I-865 (Exit 129 in Boone County).

-- I-80/94 Borman Expressway eastbound at mile 12 in Gary -- displays travel times to State Road 49 (Exit 26 in Chesterton), U.S. 421 (Exit 34 near Michigan City) and the Michigan state line (Mile 45).

The information will supplement 26 dedicated travel-time signs in the state's larger metropolitan areas when not being used to alert motorists to upcoming incidents, congestion or road conditions. Both the DMS and dedicated signs display the distance and travel times to the destinations listed to help motorists make informed routing decisions.

-The time estimates are based on information gathered from road sensors that measure a variety of factors, including average vehicle speed and traffic volumes. INDOT has developed algorithms to ensure the travel time information displayed is as accurate as possible.

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