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As of 2:30 p.m. Central Time/3:30 p.m. Eastern time, The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has more than 150 plow/salt trucks on the roads in the LaPorte District, which covers Northwest Indiana. Heavy snow is now falling across much of the district. At this time some roads are beginning to cover in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, and Starke Counties, but most roads to the eastern part of the district remain clear with wet pavement.
INDOT is ahead of the storm after pretreating roadways for the past 24 hours with salt brine, an anti-icing solution. As the storm develops we’re prepared for a full call-out of drivers, maintenance workers, and dispatchers until the snow event has passed and all roads are clear.
With over 5,000 lane miles to cover in the LaPorte District and 3-8 inches of snow expected to fall, drivers should plan for the possibility of slick roads and blowing and drifting snow. Drivers are encouraged to be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and ramps which can turn icy sooner than other surfaces.
Additionally, if drivers find themselves sharing the roadway with INDOT plows, please give them ample room to operate. Don’t tailgate or try to pass as the roadway will be clearer behind the snow plow than in front of it. Drivers are reminded to accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Plan ahead by visiting www.trafficwise.in.gov or dialing toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information.
For social media updates during winter weather visit www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
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