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January 8, 2014

Still digging out

Roads remain dangerous to drivers

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Those who must travel are asked to be prepared before leaving and to adjust driving behaviors to arrive at destinations safely.

“Take it slow, while leaving plenty of room between vehicles, and give our plows plenty of room to work,” said Debbie Calder at INDOT’s Crawfordsville District. “Crashes, slide-offs and traffic backups further hinder INDOT’s snow and ice removal efforts and jeopardize the safety of others.”

INDOT encouraged the public to refrain from any non-emergency travel through Wednesday. All counties in West Central Indiana remained under a “Watch” or “Warning” status, limiting travel to essential or emergency purposes.

In Illinois, IDOT issued a similar statement Tuesday saying that while road conditions were improving in some areas, the majority of roads throughout the state were still snow and ice covered. Blowing and drifting snow remained a problem, and the extreme low temperatures were reducing the effectiveness of the salt being spread by IDOT winter weather crews.

Motorists were encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until roads are clear and safe.

“Motorists need to heed to our advice and slow down on Illinois roadways,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said in a press release. “The roads are snow packed, extremely slick and dangerous. If motorists have to travel, please take it slow, buckle up, avoid distractions and allow plenty of extra time. We want everyone to make it to their destination safely.”

IDOT said its winter weather crews will continue to plow and salt to help ensure roads are clear and passable. Most roads have re-opened, but there are still some road closures throughout the state due to snow and ice.

Currently, IDOT has 1,755 trucks assigned to snow duty across the state, and nearly 3,700 full- and part-time employees available to plow and salt.

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