INDOT Reopens I-65 Between Merrillville and Lafayette
January 7, 2014 by Jerry Howard
INDOT reopened I-65 from U.S. 30 in Merrillville to Lafayette today. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution, take it slow, and travel at their own risk. Hazardous and non-emergency travel is discouraged.
INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley said like all roads across Northwest Indiana conditions are extremely hazardous. Hard-pack snow and ice should be expected on all Northwest Indiana roads, including I-65 and I-94, causing dangerously icy conditions. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and abrasives, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well. Dangerously icy conditions will not likely improve across Northwest Indiana until temperatures rise tomorrow.
Indiana State Police say that I-65 northbound has also reopened south of Indianpolis. between the 76 and 95 mile markers.
ISP says I-65 between exit 76 in northern Bartholomew County and exit 95 in Johnson County were closed because of icy conditions.
[INDOT trucks work on I-65 at U.S. 30 about 9:30 a.m. — photo courtesy INDOT]