The Indiana Department of Transportation issued this news release today:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is focusing attention on what is likely to be the first statewide winter weather event of the season, and is asking drivers to do the same.
INDOT's drivers are trained and its salt supplies are stocked for winter operations well in advance of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, which begins Nov. 17. Drivers are asked to promote their own safety and that of others by reducing their speed according to road conditions and increasing the distance between themselves and other vehicles, especially INDOT's yellow plow trucks.
Current forecasts are tracking rain moving into central Indiana, which is predicted to change to snow as temperatures are expected to drop rapidly tonight through tomorrow. INDOT will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as a statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of the anticipated changes in precipitation and temperatures. INDOT's top winter priority is snow and ice prevention and removal to ensure its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes are as safe as possible.
At this time, INDOT's Indianapolis subdistrict is scheduling 34 drivers at 9 p.m. to patrol roadways and apply anti-icing agents as needed through the Tuesday morning commute hours.
Motorists can plan ahead to safely reach their destinations by staying updated on the latest weather and road conditions. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts. For social media updates during winter weather, visit www.twitter.com/INDOTNortheast and www.facebook.com/INDOTNortheast. Be sure to "like" and follow us for road condition updates and restrictions year-round.