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Drivers anticipate construction projects

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Just when we turned the corner away from winter, here comes this mess! Spring definitely means there's "Construction Ahead!"

"All those cones and single file traffic. That's a real pain," says Jim Shorey.

But other drivers say they would take the construction over winter driving any day.

"You just never know what to expect and I'm not a good winter driver so I hate it," says Cathy Calvin.

"It's a good sign of prosperity as far as I'm concerned," says Ray Holt.

INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley agrees. He says the projects underway now, like the 5-points construction, will allow for quick and safe travel in the future. Even if the process is a pain.

"We understand the frustrations that come with these road projects, but all we ask people to do is do your best to be patient and understand what the end result is going to be," says Deitchley.

He says April is usually the start of major construction projects. A time when the weather allows crews to REALLY get to work. "I think people are pretty familiar with construction in this area, in the last year we've seen a lot of that, but we're really going to see a lot more this summer, a lot of heavy roadwork is going to be happening."

Which is why he says YOU need to be ready. "Remember these people working on the roads are doing their best to get you home to your family safe so we want to make sure they get home safely too."

Deitchley says you can do this by driving slow and abiding by the rules you see on the signs, no matter how frustrating that may be.

"It's annoying and it's a delay in time, but at least you don't have to worry about road conditions," says Calvin.

INDOT says April 15 is Work Zone Awareness week so they will be stressing safety in these construction zones.

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