Orange is the color of construction season, but what’s coming next?


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Closed roads and detours are becoming more common across Evansville lately and workers don’t plan to slow down, either. Cones are scheduled to keep coming.

The on-ramp from Fulton Avenue to the Lloyd Expressway has been closed since March and it has caused some drivers headaches.

Ohio Street is closed too as CSX repairs the railroad crossing, which makes a trip to the west side tougher, coming from surface streets downtown.

The Fulton ramp is scheduled to reopen next month, but there’s more work right around the corner.

“Evansville is always under construction, it’s the city of construction!” said Jeremy Brown, a driver on the east side.

Parts of the Lloyd will have one less lane between State Road 261 in Newburgh and Highway 41 until June next year, while the Indiana Department of Transportation repairs joints in the road.

Drivers will find miles of cones blocking parts of the right lane on both sides of the road.

“Driving through is crazy because people don’t know what they’re doing and because it’s not really organized, people are driving between cones,” Ciarra Evans said.

Ready or not, there is another road project coming soon.

INDOT will be closing lanes on Highway 41 between Virginia Street and Lynch Road starting July 15. Work is scheduled to last until October.

Most drivers understand how important the work is, but they still don’t have to like it.

“It’s kind of frustrating when you got to sit there in the heat, and I don’t have a/c in the van, so I got to sit there and sweat to death,” Brown added.

Some say Evansville’s color of summer is orange.

“That is our annual flower around here,” Brown laughed, “the construction cone!”

You can follow detours but the drive just isn’t easy around our city.

Hopefully when the temperatures cool off workers can get to it. Let’s hope all the people behind their wheels stay cool, too.

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This story was originally published on July 11, 2019

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