News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 26, 2012

Going somewhere? Plan ahead


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE —

State highway crews began pre-treating bridges and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution on Monday in anticipation of incoming winter weather.

 The Indiana Department of Transportation officials said Monday that the top winter priority is to plow and treat its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting 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.

INDOT asks drivers to promote their own safety and that of others by offering the following tips:

• Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding.

• Drive slowly and carefully to avoid rear-end collisions and sliding on curves.

• Allow greater distance behind the car ahead; it takes more time to stop on snow and ice.

• Break early and break slowly, never slam on the brakes; if you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it; if you don’t, gently pump the pedal.

• Don’t use cruise control; avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.

• Maintain good visibility by clearing off all windows of the vehicle. Stay alert and use your headlights so others can see you.

• Give snowplows room to operate; don’t tailgate or try to pass.

Get updated INDOT road conditions online at www.trafficwise.in.gov or check out INDOT West Central  social media outlets at Facebook.com/INDOTWestCentral and Twitter.com/

INDOT_WCentral.

INDOT has been monitoring 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 any predicted accumulation.