(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Transportation says they'll start using interlocking plastic barrier walls when flooding closes State Road 257 at the Daviess/Pike county line.
Following a death in December, state representatives and sheriffs from both Daviess and Pike county asked INDOT to investigate additional measures to prevent vehicles from driving through floodwaters.
Deputy Commissioner of INDOT's Vincennes District, Rusty Fowler says INDOT's previous procedures did exceed state and federal guidelines however, many still put themselves in danger by driving around barricades through the moving flood water.
The interlocking barrier wall will be installed in advance of the water's edge on either side of the road closure. The orange reflective barriers will start at the shoulder of the roadway and stretch across State Road 257 to the other shoulder of the roadway.
On the Daviess County side of the river the barrier wall will be placed in between the guardrails.
On the Pike County side of the river standard barricades will be placed from the barrier walls to the right-of-way fences.
Signage will be placed at various locations advising motorists of the barriers.
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