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INDOT warns motorists to use care and avoid travel

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Heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours in Northwest Indiana made for difficult driving conditions today on most interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes across the area, despite a full callout of plow trucks on the roads, the Indiana Department of Transportation said.

More than 170 plow drivers have been on the roads across Northwest Indiana since the snow began to fall, INDOT said. “Routes cycles result in plow trucks treating lanes every two to three hours. But continuous snowfall and strong winds, especially in the rural open areas, make clearing pavement especially challenging. Alternating 12-hour shifts of plow drivers will continue as long as necessary and resources will be adjusted as needed to keep highways open and as safe as possible.

INDOT was advising motorists to expect difficult driving conditions and avoid unnecessary travel. “Always give snow plows room to safely do their work, adjust speed according to weather and road conditions, don’t follow too closely, and brake early and slowly.”

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest

Or visit www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

 

Posted 1/2/2014