I-70 work west of Plainfield causing delays, headaches
You may want to steer clear of Interstate 70 to the west of Indianapolis. It is the focus of a major cone zone that will have traffic tied up through November.
Drivers we talked with say the construction can double the time it takes to get from Indianapolis to Terre Haute.
Commuters using just a portion of Interstate 70 say the work is adding at least an hour to their drive times. INDOT is repairing, patching and in some places repaving Interstate 70.
Some 43 miles of road way running from about Plainfield all the way west to State Road 59, that's the Brazil exit, are being reconstructed.
Moving cone zones are taking traffic down to one lane of traffic. Workers are rebuilding the left shoulders of both east and west bound lanes five miles at a time.
Once they complete one section, they move onto the next. When the shoulder work is done, traffic will move over to the left, giving them room to rehab the right lanes of traffic.
Back ups are occurring at all times of the day. To avoid them, INDOT suggests getting off I-70 and taking US 40. Drivers we spoke give that detour mixed reviews.
Driver Juan Reyes says he likes the detour. "Oh it is way better. It is faster for me. It is faster than the highway right now. At this point it is better," said Reyes.
Ronda Manning is another driver used to the Interstate. She said "What about taking US 40? Well that is a good idea, but then it really doesn't take me where I really want to go."
Workers are going to be out there until Thanksgiving. They will shut down for the late fall and winter. But they'll be back next spring and if all goes according to schedule, they will finish up in May.