INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Fountain Square residents and business owners are complaining about increasing truck traffic because of the South Split shutdown. And in addition to the backed-up traffic, some said the trucks are already causing damage.
Karl Mueller said a semi ran over a cultural trail sign Wednesday night along Virginia Avenue.
“It disturbed me seeing the marker get run over because the cultural trail’s a wonderful thing for our area, but I know the semis are ending up in the business district. You’ve got those guys pulling their hair out,” he said.
A spokesman for the neighborhood association said there have been “many complaints” since the I-65/I-70 construction began on Tuesday.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Nathan Riggs said truck traffic should not be using the Fletcher Avenue exit and side streets to navigate their way back onto the interstate. Instead, he said trucks should use the official detour route – I-465 around the city.
"There are still people that are just not paying attention to the signs and think that they can get off and wiggle their way through the area and that's what we're hoping to prevent in the future," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Linda Jackson, who also said officers may begin ticketing violators as early as next week.
Riggs said INDOT officials were weighing all of the potential options to address the issue including adding and relocating signage to make detour routes even clearer.
The Indiana State Police says a Crawfordsville police officer followed the rules when he was involved in a shooting on Nov. 23.
On Tuesday, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed suit against an Indiana business that sold a gun used to shoot an IMPD officer.
Shelby County officials say at least one person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a head on crash that involved a semi and a vehicle.