INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana State Police are now ticketing drivers of vehicles weighing more than 13 tons if they fail to obey posted detours during the South Split construction.
“This effort is extremely aggressive. We are putting manpower out here to stop the trucks from coming through the city streets in the downtown area” said ISP Sgt. Chris Kath.
During a 5 hour period on Monday, troopers wrote 13 tickets and issued 2 warnings.
Over the weekend, INDOT crews posted new signage prohibiting large trucks from using the downtown Indianapolis exits off I-65 and I-70.
Authorities and INDOT warn the exits to Michigan, New York and Ohio streets and Fletcher Avenue are to be used for local traffic, deliveries and pickups only during the two month project.
Officials say tractor trailers trying to cut through the heart of the city to get around construction are causing too many safety concerns while using streets not designed for heavy truck traffic.
“They’re hopping curbs, going on the sidewalks or they’re [turning] into other traffic, forcing that traffic to back-up so that truck can make the turn. That’s something we’d really not like to see on downtown streets. That’s really what the interstate system, state highway system network is for,” Will Wingfield with INDOT said.
The Marion County traffic courts set the prices for the tickets. State Police say the tickets could cost around $150.
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