New rumble strips to be heard on local highways

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be trying out a new type of rumblestrip on local highways.

Rumble strips are the corrugated sections of pavement that are meant to alert you when you drift off the edge of the road by vibrating your vehicle and making a rattling noise.

The new strips are meant to alert drivers to danger while also reducing the noise for those on the outside of the vehicles. INDOT plans to begin installing the new strips in Bartholomew, Jennings, Johnson and Morgan counties starting April 4th, weather permitting.

The strips will be installed on State Road 7 around North Vernon and on U.S. 31 south of Columbus as part of an almost $250,000 dollar project.