INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - If you or someone you know will be driving out of the Indianapolis International Airport, you'll encounter a confusing change. A sign that showed you which road leads to I-465 and which leads to I-70 is blacked out.
Driving away from the Indianapolis International Airport is usually clear sailing. Permanent signs along the exit route point you to either I-465 or I-70.
Left is I-70 and right is I-465. But now, right as you get to that split, right where you have to make a decision, the signs are covered up.
"It was a recommendation of our traffic safety personnel as a result of the I-70 closure downtown," says Will Wingfield, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Wingfield says the signs well before the actual split of the road give motorists plenty of information about which way to go. There are even temporary flashing warning signs explaining about the I-70 closure downtown, telling motorists to take I-465 if they want to avoid the problem.
"Traffic now has more time, more of an opportunity to make that choice instead of last minute right there at the bridge," says Wingfield.
But 24-Hour News 8 shot video of the spot where the signs are covered and saw confused motorists, making last second changes on which side of the split they would take.
Wingfield says, "Sure, and this was the decision that was made considering all the different options that this would be the best option in order to make sure that people didn't try and cut back over and get on I-465 or something of that nature."
Adding to the problem, if you take I-70, the left side of the split, you can't get back on I-465. So, you have to go to the next exit and turn around – a detour of more than 10 miles.
"It really just sort of depends on what your destination is and where you are going as to what would happen if you miss that turn. But again the signs are in place the way they are so you don't miss that turn," says Wingfield.
Still, you should remember, right is 465, left is 70.
The signs will remain covered until the I-70 South Split construction is finished.
Wingfield says data from third party contractors indicates people are using I-465 regularly to avoid the I-70 downtown construction.
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