The obstacles that once stood in the way of the Indiana Toll Road lease becoming a reality have come and gone, but a new type of obstacle is
now part of the landscape.
ITR Concession Co., the Spanish-Australian private investor
in charge of operating the 157-mile toll road, has closed off the turnaround
spots that link the eastbound and westbound lanes.
The company views the turn around spots and the temptation
for people to make U-turns as hazardous.
But state troopers, who now have to find another way to turn
around, have a different view.
Indiana State Police Trooper Jeff Dolson told WSJV-TV in South Bend, IN, that emergency response times and general patrols will be
affected by the installment of barricades.
“(Access has) been somewhat eliminated, but we’re having to
go to other areas or go down to exits to get turned around,” Dolson said.
Weather will also play a factor for troopers that choose to
use the grass medians to turn around.
ITR Concession Co. hopes to install permanent poles at the turn-around
spots that emergency vehicles can actually drive over without damage. ITR plans to send emergency personnel and
troopers information on how to drive over them without causing damage.
A toll road spokesman told WSJV that other motorists
would not be able to drive over the permanent poles without damaging their
The temporary barricades will be in place for the next
ITR Concession Co. is owned by Cintra of Spain and Macquarie
Infrastructure Group of Australia, which leased the Indiana Toll Road from the
state for $3.85 billion, in exchange for the right to collect tolls for 75