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Drivers not using official detour routes are causing safety concerns in Boone County

Drivers not using official detour routes
Drivers not using official detour routes
Drivers not using official detour routes
Drivers not using official detour routes
Drivers not using official detour routes
Posted at 9:06 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 21:06:38-04

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. -- A construction project on a busy Boone County bridge is expected to wrap up sometime next month, but some people are concerned someone will get hurt before it's done. 

Crews are repairing the bridge on State Road 47 over I-65. 

Cindy Wells says she's worried because drivers aren't following the official detour routes and County Road 700 North is being used as an "unofficial detour."

"There's an incline on each side of the bridge, which,  unless that driver decides to stick to the right, they may come over and find someone driving down the middle," said Wells. 

Wells says drivers aren't staying over when taking that unofficial route and she's afraid it's going to cause a serious accident sooner, rather than later. 

"I'm seeing a lot more traffic, I've had close calls, I've seen close calls - where people are driving down the center," said Wells. 

The Boone County Engineer says they're not able to add signs to tell drivers to stay to the right because of highway traffic control guidelines and standards, but they did add speed limit signs in the area and crews will investigate if they see any other safety concerns. 

Call Boone Co. highway department with concerns: 765-482-4550

Official Detour Route

The official detour will utilize US 52 to SR 32 to SR 39 and will remain in place through the end of September.  Motorists can learn about INDOT's highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

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