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Severe Weather Alert: Treat Traffic Signal Outage As All-way stop

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From the Indiana Department of Transportation:

LAPORTE, Ind. – Severe weather swept through northwest Indiana this morning, knocking out power to some traffic signals in the area. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) technicians are on the job 24 hours a day to respond to these emergencies. But until all issues can be resolved, drivers should know what to do when approaching a signal that has lost power.

Under Indiana law, drivers who encounter an intersection where the signal has lost power should treat the intersection as an all-way stop. After stopping, the driver should proceed with caution though the intersection when it is safe to do so. Drivers should yield the right-of-way to traffic already in the intersection.

 When a traffic signal loses power INDOT’s LaPorte District will place stop signs at the intersection as soon as possible. When power is restored the signal will flash on four-way red until the signs can be removed.

 INDOT’s LaPorte District manages 618 traffic signals in 13 counties.

 During times of inclement weather find the latest signal outage and traffic restriction information by “liking” us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and “following” at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.

 

Posted 7/24/2012