By Joseph Knoop
The Whitestown Police Department will once again station officers in the area surrounding the Amazon Fulfillment Center to accommodate heavy traffic during holiday rush hours.
Peak traffic management began Nov. 11 and will last through the week of Dec. 19 with the possibility of extension. Traffic levels are expected to be consistent throughout the week, as opposed to prior years when traffic was most heavily concentrated Sunday through Wednesday.
Outbound traffic is expected to flow through three different possible routes. Northbound and eastbound delivery vehicles will flow from the north parking lot along Albert S. White Blvd., with northbound heading out on County Road 500 E, turning west on CR 300 S to CR 400 E, then merge onto I-65. Eastbound traffic will continue along Albert S. White Blvd. and continue south on Main Street until hitting I-65. Southbound traffic is expected to leave through Perry Worth Road to access I-65.
Seventy percent of the north or eastbound traffic is expected to follow the northbound route, according to initial estimates.
Additional officers are expected to be staged at major intersections, the Walker Farms subdivision, Express Scripts and GNC. Officers will be staged from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily starting Nov. 27.
“The issue is this building is not far from the interstate. A lot of people are coming to work and leaving work at the same time everyone else is doing the same thing,” Lt. Scott Rolston said. “We’re going on probably five or six years doing this.”
Rolston added that drivers can expect a normal delay in traffic from about 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For a more detailed list of expected rush hours, visit Whitestownpolice.org.