The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hoping that new improvements in technology and equipment will reduce the risk of collisions in work zones as the 2021 construction season begins. Currently, INDOT is working on the Indiana Governor’s Next Level Roads plan, which has invested $60 billion in the improvement of existing roads and finishing major road projects. INDOT plans to complete nearly 1,300 construction projects in 2021. Combined with preventative maintenance activities, the State of Indiana is investing more than $2 billion in road construction in 2021. In 2019, INDOT was directed by the Governor to implement equipment and technology solutions to reduce the risk of work zone collisions, and a multi-agency task force was formed in late 2019, which tested several innovative solutions during 2020 construction projects. For the 2021 construction season, INDOT will be deploying back of queue warning trucks and automated queue warning systems in work zones during the 2021 construction season. Queue trucks are equipped with high visibility warning lights and portable message boards to warn motorists to be prepared to slow down or stop when approaching a work zone. These trucks can be moved closer or further away from a work zone to ensure that motorists are warned of slow or to stop traffic at the appropriate intervals. An automated queue warning system is a work zone intelligent transportation system comprised of roadside speed sensors and portable changeable message signs. This system can accurately detect queued traffic and then it relays the information to portable and responsive message signs that transmit warning messages to drivers upstream of a work zone.
As the spring season brings warmer weather, construction on the roads throughout Indiana will increase. Along with the warmer weather, more people will be on the road traveling and enjoying the outdoors. These two factors can mean trouble for drivers if those around them on the road do not take precautions when driving by or through construction zones. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident by someone driving in a negligent manner, please contact the experienced legal team at Schiller Law Offices at 888-578-3100 or at IndyInjured.com to learn more about your potential right to compensation.