The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced the Restore I-94 initiative, which will modernize I-94 between the Illinois state line and the Michigan state line during 2017. Projects will include pavement upgrades, bridge rehabilitation, drainage improvements, and traffic and safety enhancements.
I-94 traffic volumes are among the highest in the country with a substantial concentration of heavy truck traffic. It is because of the extremely high volume and the resulting wear-and-tear that I-94 needs more modernization and preventive maintenance.
Construction will require periodic lane closures and drivers may experience delays as work progresses. However, INDOT is coordinating all projects across the approximately 45-mile corridor to minimize the impact to drivers as much as possible.
Steps INDOT Is Taking to Improve Safety/Mobility
- Implementation of Smart Work Zones, which feature traffic sensors that trigger message boards when slowed or stopped traffic develops. This warns drivers to be alert and has been proven to reduce accidents in work zones. In addition, drivers can seek alternate routes before encountering stopped traffic.
- Nighttime work will be a part of as many projects as possible to limit the impact to drivers.
- Multiple work zones in close proximity will be combined to create one concurrent work zone to cut down on back-ups.
What Can Drivers Do To Limit Impact
- Plan ahead for delays on I-94 through Fall 2017, especially during peak hours, weekends and holidays.
- When approaching lane closures, begin to merge when you see the first signage. This prevents back-ups from many drivers who wait until the last moment to get over. This is often a major factor in traffic congestion at work zones.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels:Facebook or Twitter. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.