Road Conditions Could Get Worse Before Improvement

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January 8, 2014 by Jerry Howard

Indiana’s Department of Transportation says an air temperature rise is helping its crews melt ice packed on road surfaces, but road conditions could get worse before they get better.

INDOT says its crews have been spreading salt, chemical de-icers and abrasives to attack the hard-pack snow and ice that remains on the roads across Northwest Indiana, left behind by severe winter weather.  It says crews also are using snowplows and heavy duty equipment to break melting hard-pack from road surfaces

INDOT says that when de-icing material melts the hard-pack, it will become slushy and can cause difficult driving conditions, compounded by colder temperatures and snow flurries across Northwest Indiana that could create slick conditions overnight and tomorrow.

INDOT says drivers should slow down and “expect fair-to-difficult driving conditions on the roadways across Northwest Indiana for the next several days, and should adjust their driving habits accordingly.”

The Department reminds drivers that the Region sustained heavy snow, strong winds, and historically low temperatures for several days, so road need more than one day to get back to normal.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.


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