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How bad is 1-70 in Indiana, and will it get better?

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2021 | automobiles

If you live in Indianapolis, you almost can’t avoid I-70 most of the time. Over the years, I-70 has achieved a bad reputation, to the point where, in 2019, the Vigo County School Corporation would no longer let busses drive on it. But that may soon be changing.

The numbers don’t lie

From 2017 to this article’s publish date, there were 1,098 crashes on I-70 between Greencastle and the Illinois state line. That number is likely much higher now. The multiple crashes on this stretch of highway led to many injuries and fatalities.

Since publishing the above report, the Indiana Department of Transportation has taken action to try and decrease the problems on the road.

What is happening on I-70 now?

The overhaul of I-70 is a long-term project and includes many upgrades. The most touted improvements, however, are not necessarily roads and offramps but technological. The most attractive features will be:

  • Dynamic signage: Electronic, remotely changeable signs which will allow instant communication to drivers regarding delays, crashes and Amber alerts
  • Closed-circuit cameras: remotely accessible cameras monitoring the traffic at vital junctions throughout the day.

The hope for these technological improvements is to allow drivers a greater view of the roads they must drive on.

Will it work?

We have no way of knowing whether these improvements will work or not. Potentially, the updates to the roads, coupled with technological advances, could make for safer, less congested roads.

Unfortunately, no precaution is 100% foolproof. There will always be recklessness and dangers on the road. If you are the victim of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can rest assured that you have every opportunity to pursue compensation.