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Plan Extra Travel Time, Know Before You Go For Holiday Weekend Traffic

Last updated on Friday, May 25, 2018

(UNDATED) - Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of the summer travel season in Indiana. And whether you’re attending the Indianapolis 500, vacationing, visiting family and friends, or just passing through, INDOT urges drivers to plan extra ravel time, to stay informed on road conditions, and to drive safely.

Road Work Suspended

Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work during the holiday weekend to increase mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in holiday travel. Some restrictions and reduced speed limits will remain in place due to ongoing road construction, including:

Northern Indiana

Central Indiana

Know before you go

Learn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways by visiting http://indot.carsprogram.org, calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623), dialing 511 from a mobile phone, or by using the INDOT mobile app.

Subscribe to receive INDOT news and information by text message or email at http://alerts.indot.in.gov. Find links to INDOT's regional Facebook and Twitter pages at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm.

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Race fans driving to Indianapolis 500 festivities this weekend should plan their routes to the track and designate a sober driver home. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides directions, transportation options and general race information at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/fan-info/directions-and-zones/.

INDOT traffic management staff will be on duty during the race, monitoring traffic cameras and congestion, coordinating with law enforcement, and posting information to dynamic message signs. INDOT's Hoosier Helpers freeway service patrol sponsored by State Farm will assist all weekend in keeping traffic flowing.

On Sunday, May 27, INDOT encourages through travelers to avoid race traffic on I-465 and I-65 on the west side of Indianapolis.

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The Indiana State Police and local law-enforcement agencies are participating in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 3, 2018. Officers will join thousands of law-enforcement agencies across the country in conducting high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Last year, more than 240 law-enforcement agencies performed 8,728 hours of traffic patrols and issued more than 30,000 citations and warnings, including 13,700 seat-belt and child-restraint citations.

Overtime police patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

About the Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT empowers businesses to deliver Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana by providing a transportation network that is second to none. The agency builds and maintains more than 28,000 lane miles of highway and 5,600 bridges, and provides oversight for 117 public aviation facilities and more than 4,000 miles of active rail lines. Indiana ranked as the #1 state in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC's 2016 "Top States for Business" ranking. Learn more about INDOT at

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