Driving this weekend?

Be ready for Labor Day traffic jams

Watch out for highway traffic jams, the state highway department warns.

Labor Day travel in the Fort Wayne area might involve traffic jams, the state transportation department warns.

Indiana’s Department of Transportation has taken pity on the state’s motorists and announced today it is removing as many restrictions as possible for holiday travelers.

Unfortunately, three of the four of the remaining traffic restrictions (we will experience them as traffic jams) are right here at home in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. Just keep in mind that we suffer now for better, safer roads later.

Here’s the news, straight from the state:
FORT WAYNE – 35.5 million Americans are expected to hit the road over the holiday, as AAA Travel predicts the highest travel volume for the Labor Day weekend since 2008. The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds holiday travelers to plan ahead for heavy traffic on the state’s highways and interstates.

INDOT will suspend all possible road restrictions from 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, through 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8. Restrictions will remain on some larger scale projects where they cannot be safely removed. Work zone speed limits will remain in these areas for the safety of drivers. All bridge closures will remain in effect.

To assist with travel planning, the following traffic patterns/restrictions will remain in place for the holiday weekend:
I-469 near Fort Wayne is reduced to one lane in each direction from S.R. 1 (Exit 6) to Tillman Road (Exit 15).
I-69 near Auburn has shifting traffic lanes in both directions between Exit 326 and S.R. 8 (Exit 329).
U.S. 24 in Fort Wayne, between Amber and Homestead Roads, is restricted to one lane in each direction.
U.S. 33 in the Town of Benton is closed for bridge reconstruction.
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Drivers can monitor road closures and traffic alerts at any time via the INDOT Northeast District social media channels: Facebook.com/INDOTNortheast or Twitter @INDOTNortheast. Or visit INDOT’s Traveler Information Service.

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