INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Truck drivers who don't follow the official I-465 detour around the downtown South Split may end up paying for it with a ticket.
Some trucks have used downtown streets to get around the project rather than using I-465, which has frustrated business owners and neighbors, specifically in the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods.
"We're afraid they're going to damage our property because, with those heavy loads going down the street, it's just not good for our property," said Mary Whitsett, who lives on McCarty Street.
Last week, neighbors said some of the truck traffic blocked intersections and caused damage near Fountain Square.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is using satellite radio stations and websites targeting truckers, strongly urging them not to travel downtown unless they need to make or pick up deliveries.
Metro Police said they are now enforcing the posted weight restriction signs downtown but only if the streets are properly marked restricting commercial vehicles. So, 24-Hour News-8 learned not all of the trucks are breaking the rules.
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works confirms that McCarty Street, Morris Street, and East Street, which many trucks are using to get around the shutdown - do not have any weight restrictions.
Still, INDOT is urging trucks to use the I-465 detour. INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield said truckers won’t save any time cutting through downtown streets as the I-465 detour only adds 2-3 miles for through traffic.
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