Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 5, 2013

INDOT preparing for hazardous driving conditions


FORT WAYNE — A winter storm warning forecasting freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow means difficult driving conditions are likely for motorists in southern and central Indiana, as well as counties in northeastern Indiana, beginning in the overnight hours tonight.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials said plans include mobilizing salt trucks and snow plows ahead of the advancing winter storm — with the worst conditions predicted to track from southwestern Indiana to the I-70 corridor across the central portion of the state.

In northeastern Indiana, officials said INDOT is pre-treating I-69 with brine on bridges, underpasses and ramps, which are critical areas that tend to ice up more quickly than the rest of the roadway. INDOT officials said they are prepared to combat icy surfaces on state and interstate highways with treated salt to accelerate melting. Plow trucks will repeatedly clear lanes of snow until the weather event subsides.

Because the front edge of the storm is rain, INDOT officials said their best plan of attack is to treat the roads just before pavement temperatures drop and wintry mix begins to accumulate.

Motorists in central and southern Indiana, especially, are advised to avoid non-essential travel. Ice will probably be the greatest threat to safety for the motoring public in this region, officials said. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles have little advantage on icy pavements.  

Drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time by phone, web or social media. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

For social media updates, visit facebook.com/INDOTNortheast and Twitter.com/INDOTNortheast.