Frequently Asked Questions
TheLloyd4U includes more than a dozen improvement projects along the Lloyd Expressway. The projects extend from one end of Vanderburgh County to the other, from Posey County Line Road to Cross Pointe Boulevard.
TheLloyd4U will include intersection improvements, bridge replacements, pavement replacement and more.
INDOT plans to invest about $150 million in improvements to make the Lloyd Expressway more efficient and safer for motorists to navigate. Funding has been approved for most of the projects.
The Project Team is gathering information and developing solutions designed to reduce conflict points, enhance traffic flow and improve safety. Activities include assessment of environmental impacts, traffic analysis, survey work, road design and bridge design.
TheLloyd4U improvements are divided into two phases. Phase One includes Rosenberger Avenue to Cross Pointe Boulevard and Phase Two includes Posey County Line Road to Rosenberger Avenue.
Both phases will begin construction in spring 2024. Construction will last four years. Anticipated timelines for the two phases can be found on the project website.
Planned improvement projects are focused on making the Lloyd work better for drivers. Alternative intersections will be used to improve safety and mobility while maintaining accessibility to businesses and homes along the Lloyd Expressway.
Alternative intersections change the way left turns are made. This is done by organizing traffic and providing another way to make the same movement. The result is fewer conflict points, improved safety, improved efficiency, improved traffic flow and maintained accessibility. Alternative intersections planned for TheLloyd4U include displaced left turns, boulevard left turns and a hybrid solution.
Vehicles turning left move to a dedicated lane on the other side of the road, with a signal, before they enter the intersection. There’s no need for a left turn signal at the main intersection. Left-turn traffic moves with traffic on the Lloyd Expressway. This is also known as a continuous flow intersection. Watch a video excerpt below from the Federal Highway Administration to get a better idea of how this type of intersections works.
Vehicles wanting to go left off the Lloyd Expressway go through the intersection, make a U-Turn and then turn right. This removes left turns at the main intersection. All boulevard left turns planned for TheLloyd4U include a traffic signal at a dedicated U-turn in the median to safely make the turn. This is also known as a median U-Turn. Below is a video excerpt from the Federal Highway Administration to get a better idea of how this type of intersections works.
A hybrid solution includes elements from both a displaced left turn and boulevard left turn. An intersection’s proximity to ramps, roadways and other factors means a combination of elements from the two work best together to improve safety, performance and wait times.
The project is currently in the design phase. The Project Team is identifying environmental impacts, gathering public feedback and completing preliminary design work. The Team will finalize design and right-of-way processes before the projects are let.
Phase One construction is expected to begin in spring 2024. Phase Two design has been accelerated so construction can begin in 2024 as well. With well-planned phasing, construction can be completed for all improvement projects in 4 years.
It’s still early in the process, but the Project Team doesn’t anticipate acquiring any homes or businesses for TheLloyd4U improvements. Right-of-way information and process will be developed after preliminary design is complete.
The Project Team will develop maintenance of traffic plans to help keep traffic flowing during construction. The team will work closely with business owners, local government officials, school officials and emergency personnel to share information, listen to their questions and address their concerns.
Yes, a handful of permanent closures will be made to address safety concerns in the area. These locations are Pennsylvania Street at Wabash Avenue, N. 12th Street at Lloyd, N. Lemke Avenue at Lloyd and S. Ingle Avenue at Lloyd.
Yes. The public and stakeholders will be informed throughout the process with a chance to share their questions and feedback. Touchpoints include a project website, social media channels, project e-mails and text alerts, stakeholder meetings, public meetings and public hearings that will be followed by a formal comment period.
The Lloyd Expressway was named in the late 1980s for the late Russell G. Lloyd, former mayor of Evansville and a key player in the city’s efforts to build the highway.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) considers an expressway to be a divided highway with traffic that travels in each direction with grade separations at most major intersections. Several major intersections along the Lloyd Expressway include grade separations. However, limited space along more commercial sections of the Lloyd mean there’s not enough room for additional overpasses.
While some intersections will have additional signals, alternative intersections reduce conflict points and organize traffic to improve flow and safety while decreasing time stopped.
All traffic signal heads at an intersection operate together as one unit. The same is true for alternative intersections. However, the signal heads are placed where each movement occurs. Alternative intersections like the displaced left turn and boulevard left turn do require additional signal heads but they still operate as one unit and one intersection. This allows reorganization of traffic to make intersections safer and reduce time stopped. When compared to a no-build option, TheLloyd4U reduces travel times at intersections along the Lloyd by up to a minute, especially during peak morning and evening commutes.
Instead of an intersection occurring at a single cross-street with the main road, TheLloyd4U expands intersections out to move left turning traffic to the other side of the road either before or after the main intersection. Through traffic in both directions on the Lloyd and drivers making left turns off the Lloyd are made simultaneously, increasing the number of vehicles that move through the intersection. Additional traffic signal heads are an extension of the main signal and function with it. Vehicles should only get stopped at one signal. Click here to learn more about improvements.
The Lloyd is a main connector and heavily developed. Maintaining access to those many businesses and homes is a priority. A limited access interchange requires a large footprint, often with significant impacts to adjacent property.
Costs are also considered. The average cost to build boulevard left and displaced left turns, also called Continuous Flow Intersections, is approximately $6 million per intersection. Limited access interchanges average upwards of $35 million each.
Currently, drivers exiting I-69 south that head westbound on the Lloyd Expressway must merge and cross three lanes of traffic to turn left on Cross Pointe Boulevard.
TheLloyd4U will reconfigure I-69 ramps to two lanes and provide dedicated lanes with signs for drivers looking to continue to North or South Cross Pointe Boulevard. The safety of this intersection is increased by the addition of the signal at the I-69 ramp, helping drivers make a safe turn to continue driving along the Lloyd Expressway or to access Cross Pointe Boulevard in either direction.