TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Construction continues across the Wabash Valley, with U.S. 41 undergoing a major overhaul, and often causing a traffic headache for many Terre Haute drivers.
News 10 recently told you about traffic plans for Scheid Diesel, but with ISU students moving in and the Downtown Block Party this Saturday; drivers can most likely expect traffic delays.
Cones, barriers, and that stop and go traffic is becoming all too familiar for Wabash Valley drivers.
“It’s just a real challenge because a high volume of cars go through there every single day,” said Mayor Duke Bennett.
From lane changes, to median work construction continues on Terre Haute’s main drag.
“They’re starting to pick up the pace a little bit, but it definitely has effect this time of the year when we have a lot of different things going on in Terre Haute. It creates a bottleneck through that area,” said Mayor Bennett.
That color of orange it’s hard to escape.
Just two miles from the construction on the south end of town a new enhancement project is also underway on the north side, starting at Poplar and ending at Cherry Street.
“We’ll be painting all the light poles, we’ll have sidewalk work, and ADA compliance ramps, and then that stretch of road will be re-paved,” said Mayor Bennett.
Until then, with events like Scheid Diesel, expected to draw more than 15,000 people to the city, traffic may get worse before it gets better.
“I would just ask people to be extremely careful, always be observant of what you are doing because there is a lot of construction,” said Mayor Bennett.
Drivers may want to consider taking an alternative route.
“Use First Street, use 7th Street, use some of our alternative roads,” suggested Mayor Bennett.
Mayor Bennett said the payoff will be worth the hassle.
“Overall to sell the city, and make traffic flow better, so there’s always a little bit of inconvenience then you get a reward down the road,” said Mayor Bennett.
The landscaping project on the north end of 41 is expected to be completed by the end of November.