Adding 200 miles to highway requires re-numbering

Big Changes Coming To I-69 Mile Markers And Exits

By Maureen Mespell

July 25, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- If you drive I-69 a big change is coming and checking exit signs will soon take some getting used to.

The transition adding close to 200 miles to I-69 is almost done. What that means for drivers across the state is they will start seeing changes to the exit signs.

Will Wingfield with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) says, "There will be a transition period for about 60 days."

That means depending on which direction you are traveling and where you are for a couple of months, the signs may have been changed in one area or in one direction, but not in the other.

Federal mandates require INDOT to change the mile markers starting them at the southern most portion of the freeway. In this case that will soon be Evansville. So, north of Indianapolis INDOT will add 200 to every exit number. For example, exit 109, the Goshen Road exit, will become exit 309.

"Signs will have both exit numbers displayed so that drivers can become accustomed," says Wingfield.

The old exit number will be just below the main section on the new sign. This change also impacts 911 dispatchers, police and emergency responders.

Sgt. Dan Mawhorr with the Indiana State Police says, "We're just maybe going to have to do a little math real quick. If we get a call and they say they're at there is a crash at the 315 mile marker, we'll understand now that that's the old 115 mile marker so it's not going to put any risk to the public."

Starting next month, INDOT crews will change the signage along I-69. They should be done by October. The signs with both exit numbers on them will remain up for about 5 years.

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