Traffic Update Affecting Inlow Hall
What the project is: In an effort to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety on the campus, IUPUI in cooperation with the City of Indianapolis, are modifying the traffic flow on New York and Michigan Streets. Both New York and Michigan Streets are being converted to handle two way traffic. The north side of New York Street will be expanded to make way for an additional vehicle travel lane. The sidewalk in front of the law school will be moved closer to the building and border New York Street.
The timeline: This project will affect you as you commute to the law school building this fall semester. Construction on the New York Street north side lanes is starting from the intersection with White River Parkway and heading east toward the law school ending at West Street. When the construction reaches the law school, California Street, where it intersects New York Street, may be reduced to one lane for certain periods of time. The construction on the north lanes are currently expected to be completed in August. At that time the construction on the south lanes will begin. New York Street will remain a two lane one way street until all construction on the street is completed.
Traveling during this time: Due to limited pedestrian access and potential traffic tie-ups, it is recommended to avoid the intersection of New York and California and approach the law school on California Street from the north using Michigan or Vermont Streets.
Below is a diagram of the current construction configuration at the law school.
To assist you with your travels during this time, here are some tips for a safe commute by State Farm.
- Leave early. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, speeding plays a role in approximately one-third of traffic deaths.1 If you have a long commute, build a few extra minutes into your schedule so you can stick to the speed limit and accommodate for heavy traffic. And stay alert throughout the drive — even if it’s a familiar commute. Be prepared for your exits, make lane changes early so you’re in the correct turning lane and listen to traffic reports to be prepared for situations that could cause delays.
- Wear appropriate footwear. Your shoes could affect your ability to control your car in some situations. Open-heel shoes can slip off and wedge under pedals, while high heels can catch on floor mats, delaying acceleration or braking. Wear sneakers or low-heel shoes while driving — and slip on your work shoes once you’ve arrived.
- Drive distraction-free. Avoid anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road and your mind off driving. This includes using your cell phone (even hands-free devices), grooming, changing radio stations and other common distractions.
- Avoid aggressive driving. Mornings can sometimes be stressful. Add a busy roadway, and that can compound. Be cautious to curb your road rage and avoid becoming the target of an aggressive driver.
- Shield against harsh sunlight. Morning and evening commutes sometimes coincide with sunrise or sunset. In addition to using the car’s sun visor, wear a pair of polarized sunglasses and keep your windshield clean to maximize visibility. Also reduce your speed, leave extra space between you and the car ahead of you and turn your headlights on so other drivers can see you better.
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