Interstate safety largely up to drivers
By Matt Mikus firstname.lastname@example.org August 26, 2013 11:10PM
Updated: September 28, 2013 6:05AM
New safety features will be implemented for the construction zone on Interstate 65 in Jasper County, including adding rumble strips in the work zone.
The crash that resulted in the death of seven family members, including four from Merrillville is still under investigation, and the Jasper County Prosecutor’s office will review the investigation once completed.
Meanwhile, INDOT spokesperson Matt Deitchley said new rumble strips will be added in the construction zones to alert drivers, as well as adding additional message boards.
“We’re going to try to enhance the safety in this area,” Deitchley said.
The crash was the fifth fatal accident on I-65 in Jasper County since April. That’s compared to two fatal accidents on interstates in Lake County, and one each in Porter and LaPorte through the same time frame.
But crash incidents in general have not increased compared to 2012, Deitchley said.
“To me that would show that the construction site is not causing additional crashes,” Deitchley said, “based on the data alone.”
It’s important for drivers to continue to be aware of potential construction sites and plan accordingly. Deitchley said INDOT also posts construction notices on their website and social media. Followers on Facebook and Twitter can also receive direct feedback on questions like alternative routes and when work begins and ends.
“It’s construction season, so there are a lot of projects going on throughout the state,” he said “We encourage people to educate themselves.”