New Toll Road Barricades
private company now in charge of the Indiana Toll Road makes its
first major change.
you've driven on the highway recently, you've probably noticed a
lot of barricades and barrels in between you and the other side
of the road.
ITR Concession Company, which now
operates the Toll Road, blocked all
of the so called "cross-overs", that's the slab of concrete you
can use to go in between the eastbound and westbound lanes.
can call them the "oops lane." A popular place for drivers to
turn around when they miss their exit on the Indiana Toll Road.
Shauger admits to making u-turns, she says, "On occasion I have,
once or twice, yes."
Geers says he sees people turning around all the time. Geers
says, " I drive maybe 500 miles a week for sales and see it
probably two to three times a week."
Drivers on the Toll Road, now
forced to turn around at the nearest exit. These barricades sit
at every single cross-over preventing drivers from doing
Pierce, Indiana Toll Road Spokesman
says, "We saw it day one as a potential hazard and in light of
recent events we want to do everything we can do to eliminate
those possibilities for hazards on the road."
new safety measure poses a potential problem for the state
troopers who patrol this 156 mile stretch of highway everyday.
he had access to them, Trooper Jeff Dolson used cross-overs at
least 15 to 20 times a day.
Dolson Indiana State Police says, "It's been somewhat
eliminated, but we're having to go to other areas or go down to
exits to get turned around."
cutting across the grassy median is an option for Dolson in good
weather, it is risky in the rain, and impossible when there's
snow. So these barrels will soon come down, in their place,
these yellow poles emergency crews can drive over.
Pierce Indiana Toll Road Spokesman
says, "We'll be training Indiana State Police and local first
responders, fire, ambulance on how to cross these barriers
without damaging their vehicles, but if general motorists try to
cross them without proper training they would damage their car
for the new addition to the cross-overs, drivers are all for it.
Jill Shauger says, "I think it's a good idea. Anything that
promotes safety I think it's great. Mike Geers says, "The worst
thing that can happen is someone get into an accident because
somebody else is trying to be lazy or forgetful."
the new permanent poles are installed, troopers will have to
continue cutting across the median.
they can't do that though they'll have to travel to the nearest
exit which can really delay response times.
between South Bend and LaPorte there are no exits for 23-miles
which is a little concerning for police. The goal is to have all
of the permanent poles in place by the end of next month.
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