Travelers hit slick streets on Christmas Eve

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 24, 2014) - Even with wind and wet weather on Christmas Eve it wasn’t enough to stop an estimated 2.2 million Hoosiers from heading out to celebrate the holiday.

From the streets to the skies, people across the state were out and about on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

From U.S 31, to i-65, “It wasn’t raining too bad as I came down it was raining a little bit more,”  “Everything was just rainy and everything was slow,” drivers could not be stopped.

After a day of drenching rain, roads were slick.  Many drivers were concerned those slick streets would turn to icy ones.

“I’m just going to take my time getting back. That’s why I figured I’d leave now a little early so hopefully the roads will stay good until I get back home,” said one driver at a gas station off U.S. 31.

Some had longer Christmas Eve travels than others.  “Over on the Indiana-Ohio border, so I’ve got about a two hour drive,” said one man.  “We live in Fishers; we’re actually heading to Noblesville,” said another heading to Noblesville from Christmas Eve mass.

Roads were unable to be pre-treated because of all of Wednesday’s rain.

“There’s no need to put brine down until it quits raining so if we are out there and can get some brine down if it looks like the temperatures are going to drop that way we are going to be doing it. Again we will air on the side of safety,” said INDOT Media Director, Harry Maginity.

Drivers all had the same goal in mind though; making it home for Christmas.

“My Mom and Dads, so going home for Christmas,” said one driver.

At the Indianapolis International Airport, Christmas Eve arrivals and departures for the most part were on time.

“It’s not looking too bad, so I’m excited,” said Meaghan Ranieri who was flying home to New Jersey for Christmas.

Wednesday produced a few delays, mainly from congestion and slick conditions at east coast airports, but the weather produced zero cancelations in Indy.

“It was super easy getting in. It didn’t take any time to get here so that was really nice,” said Ranieri.

Starting at 11p.m. Wednesday, Marion County DPW had eight drivers out monitoring conditions.  Another 12 were on standby and ready to go at 3:30a.m. Christmas morning.

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