Numerous roads closed in wake of winter storm

INDOT struggles to clear roads

INDIANAPOLIS - Road conditions remain treacherous in much of central and north-central Indiana on Monday, the day after a winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on some areas.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said Monday that blowing and drifting snow, along with subzero temperatures, have made clearing the roads all but impossible.

"This is a dangerous situation, and all are advised to stay home until roadways can be safely cleared," INDOT said in a statement.

All lanes of Interstate 65 between Gary and Lafayette were shut down because of hazardous road conditions.

Indiana State Police said U.S. 35 was shut down in Howard County from U.S. 31 to State Road 13 in Grant County.

Other closures include:

  • The I-70 westbound ramp of U.S. 41 in Vigo County
  • U.S. 41 south of State Road 55
  • State Road 39 between U.S. 36 and U.S. 40
  • State Road 39 between State Road 42 and State Road 142
  • State Road 47 north of Darlington
  • State Road 75 from U.S. 236 to U.S. 36
  • State Road 142 between State Road 39 and State Road 42
  • State Road 159 from Dallas Road to State Road 46
  • State Road 236 between State Road 59 to State Road 39

Numerous other roads are also impassable and closed to traffic, but the list above represents the more heavily traveled roads in west-central Indiana.

INDOT said abandoned vehicles are making it very difficult to clear the roads, aside from the blowing and drifting snow.

Gov. Mike Pence ordered the National Guard to activate highway assistance teams in response to the winter storm Sunday. Additional teams were mobilized later in the day.

Highway assistance teams will help rescue stranded motorists and will move people to shelters.
There are 24 teams and 96 people involved in the effort.

Teams were deployed from Lebanon, Johnson County, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, Brazil, Columbus, Richmond, Seymour, Scottsburg, Terre Haute and New Albany.

Travel advisory details -- http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/

ISP said motorists should follow these guidelines if they must travel:

  • Tell someone where you're going, the route you're using and when you expect to arrive
  • Tell the same person your vehicle color, year, make and license plate number
  • Allow plenty of extra time to travel
  • Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas and refuel when it hits a half tank
  • Pack an emergency kit 
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