Troopers drop speed limit on 14 miles of interstate for ‘tire bursting potholes’

The interstate has been called nearly impassible and authorities are asking drivers to seek alternate routes if possible.

I-69 Potholes

Indiana officials say that potholes have become such a problem on one interstate that they’ll be dramatically reducing the recommended speed limit this weekend.

Starting on Thursday, February 7, the recommended speed limit on a stretch of I-69 north of Indianapolis will be reduced from 70 m.p.h. to just 45 m.p.h. The speed limit decrease will be on the 14 miles of I-69 between mile markers 220 to 234 from now through Sunday.

Indiana transportation officials are warning that that the 14 mile stretch of interstate has become nearly impassible and they are asking drivers who are able to seek alternate routes.

The decision to lower the speed limit came after nearly 30 drivers called Indiana State Police asking for assistance with either flat tires or wheel damage caused by the potholes on I-69.

Indiana State Police say that the right lanes of both directions of the interstate will soon close so road crews can start the process of patching the potholes.

Troopers say that weather conditions are opening up new potholes and that road crews are at work fighting the problem but that they’re having a tough time keeping up.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is asking drivers to “use caution, slow down and watch for traffic back-ups, lane closures and workers as they repair the potholes through the area.”

I-69 pothole

Troopers are having to lead drivers through I-69 near Anderson like a pace car driver at the 500. There are so many potholes!MORE INFO:

Posted by Randy Ollis on Thursday, February 7, 2019

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