INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Safety concerns have prompted the Indiana Department of Transportation to further restrict where large trucks can travel during the South Split shutdown.
INDOT announced Friday that its crews would install signs over the weekend warning large trucks not to use ramps to exit onto Michigan Street, New York Street, Ohio Street and Fletcher Avenue.
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The enforced weight limit will be 13 tons, except for trucks making local deliveries or pick-ups. Indiana State Police will start enforcing the new weigh restrictions once INDOT completes posting the new signs.
INDOT officials said semi-trailers can't properly negotiate the turns at the exits they are restricting. It's created a safety hazard, as well as a neighborhood nuisance.
"They are hopping curbs, maybe going onto the sidewalks or they are turning into other traffic having to force that traffic to back up. That's not something we would like to see in downtown streets" said INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield.
The official detour around the South Split shutdown is Interstate 465. INDOT said it wants trucks traveling through Indianapolis, with no downtown destination, to use the official detour.
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