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INDOT reopens stretch of I-65, urges “extreme caution” for drivers

WEST CENTRAL INDIANA (Jan. 7, 2014) – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the reopening of I-65 (Between State Road 26 in Lafayette and U.S. 30 in Merrillville). But drivers are advised to use extreme caution, take it slow, and travel at their own risk. Like all roads across West Central Indiana conditions are extremely hazardous and non-emergency travel is strongly discouraged.

Hard-pack snow and ice should be expected on all West Central Indiana roads, including I-65, I-74 and I-70 causing dangerously icy conditions. In these subzero temperatures, road salt is not as effective on icy roadways. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and sand, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well. Dangerously icy conditions will not likely improve across West Central Indiana until temperatures rise tomorrow.

Drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.  For social media updates, follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/INDOT_WCentral and like on Facebook www.facebook.com/INDOTWestCentral.

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