The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are alerting motor carriers of new construction information that could impact previously issued oversize/overweight (OSW) travel and permits.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, INDOT announced the following:
- I-65 northbound to I-465 westbound on the south side of Indianapolis will be closed overnight on Thursday, Aug. 22 and from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 through 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.
- I-465 eastbound/northbound between I-65 and I-70 remains closed through 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.
Meaning, there will be no access to I-465 from I-65 northbound on the south side of Indianapolis between 9 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.
Those with existing permits are urged to check the INDOT Truckers’ Info website, http://intr.carsprogram.org, prior to departure to ensure there are no new restrictions affecting a previously approved route or modify their travel times accordingly. Those who need rerouting will need to apply for a new OSW permit with an approved alternate route immediately.
Earlier this week, DOR issued a statement asking applicants to plan ahead for their permits and allow additional time for most permits to be issued. DOR’s Motor Carrier Services department warns that this may cause n additional backlog and longer processing times for permits waiting to be issued.
“Our hope is that most carriers will adjust their travel times as needed to avoid having to acquire a new permit,” said MCS Director Randall Boone. “Our dedicated OSW staff continues to work extra hours to process applications as quickly as possible.
“Depending on the volume of new permits needed for this weekend, our average processing time for other permits may extend beyond the three business days we previously stated. We appreciate everyone’s partnership, patience and understanding.”
To reduce the chances of a permit being delayed or rejected, all applicants are encouraged to plan or check their route on the INDOT Truckers’ Info website, http://intr.carsprogram.org before applying or reapplying for a permit. Taking extra time to ensure all permit data is entered correctly in the permit application also avoids rejects and manual review.