Storm closes Indiana interstates, cancels South Shore train service
SUN-TIMES MEDIA January 6, 2014 5:16AM
Updated: January 6, 2014 5:16AM
Blowing snow has closed most interstates in Northwest Indiana and forced the cancellation of South Shore train service Monday.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 80-94 in both directions between the Illinois state line and Interstate 90. Interstate 94 is closed in both directions through the U.S. 421 exit at Michigan City, and Interstate 65 is closed between U.S. 12/20 in Gary and mile marker 172 in Lafayette.
Meanwhile, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District has canceled all South Shore service but said Metra Electric District will honor South Shore tickets Monday.
“The interstates are closed to all traffic due to severe winter weather that has made some areas and ramps impassable,” INDOT announced. “There is no timeframe for when these roadways will reopen.”
Conditions are so severe that road crews cannot stay ahead of the storm, the transportation department said.
Lake and Porter county governments have declared states of emergency on roads and have told residents to stay where they are.
“Obviously we’re experiencing very, very hazardous roads, particularly on the east-west county roads,” said Sgt. Larry LaFlower of the Porter County Sheriff’s Police. “As the day has gone on, the snow and wind have picked up and we’ve had lots of problems. Everybody just needs to stay home; we’re barely getting around in our 4x4 and all-wheel-drive vehicles as it is.”
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, “only emergency vehicles, law enforcement, medical and highway department vehicles are to be on the roads.”
Jasper County has also announced a state of emergency.