INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It could be one of the busiest Labor Day weekends on the road we’ve seen in years.
INDOT says construction projects will come to a stop at noon Friday, and won’t start again until Tuesday, to allow for traffic this weekend.
A spokesperson says some work will go past noon Friday if it’s behind concrete barricades, or if no one is heading in and out of the construction zone.
They say you can expect lane shifts that are there for ongoing projects, some narrowed lanes, and lower speed limits through work zones.
If you’re heading north on Interstate 65 toward Chicago, you still will have to deal with that detour from Boone County all the way past Lafayette. That’s been closed for a bridge issue over Wildcat Creek.
If you’re heading south on I-65 toward Louisville, there are lots of lane shifts that’ll still be in place in construction zones there. These are not detours, just shifts in traffic patterns.
- Southport Road to Main Street in Greenwood
- Main Street in Greenwood to State Road 44 in Franklin
- Lanes narrowed on either side of Worthsville Road bridge, Greenwood
- State Road 44, Franklin to State Road 252, Edinburgh
- Scottsburg to Henryville
In the Greenfield district, INDOT says the U.S. 52 closure on the west side of Rushville might be noted: traffic can use State Road 44 to get around the construction site there.
AAA says it expects this to be the busiest Labor Day weekend since 2008. Part of the reason why is that the national average price for a gallon of unleaded gas is $2.47 — a dollar cheaper than it was a year ago.
In Indianapolis overnight Thursday, prices were $2.41 and $2.39 for a gallon of unleaded.
As always with holiday weekends, there will be extra state troopers on the roads looking for speeding, impaired or aggressive drivers.