INDOT sees spike in wire scrapping

By: Maria Catanzarite Email
By: Maria Catanzarite Email

INDOT and the Indiana State Police (ISP) say highways are looking dimmer these days due to the rise in electrical wire scrapping over the last two years.

Lighting poles along I-80/94 and I-65 in Northwest Indiana have been hit the hardest, costing Indiana taxpayers more than $300,000. Authorities are asking drivers to call 9-1-1 anytime they see anyone near highway lighting poles. ISP will investigate all individuals around lighting poles—whether or not the person is dressed in official highway safety gear.

More than 4,000 highway poles line the Northwest District. ISP and INDOT have increased patrols and 24-hour camera surveillance to help catch wire thieves.

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