GRANGER, Ind. – In anticipation of the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, ITR Concession Co. (the Indiana Toll Road) announces the removal of lane restrictions during this time to help ease heavy holiday traffic. As of Thursday morning, May 23, all lane restrictions have been removed.
Exceptions for the Memorial Day moratorium on construction projects are made for emergency situations, and work zone speed limits would be in effect if any emergencies occur.
“We want our travelers on the ITR to have a safe, worry-free trip, and opening all lanes this weekend allows drivers to concentrate on driving as opposed to construction,” said ITRCC CEO Fernando Redondo.
Current construction projects – including mill-and-fill, bridge painting and bridge improvements – will resume at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, May 28.
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Four individuals from Illinois are facing two counts of fraud and one count of forgery for attempting to cash fraudulent checks at a couple of banks in Lake County on Tuesday. According to the probable cause affidavit, 29 year old David English admitted to devising a scheme to have a 24 year old female cash a check made payable to her from the business Sid Kamp, Inc. of Mokena, Illinois, which were fraudulent. Also involved with the scheme was a 24 year old man and his 36 year old sister, who was driving the vehicle that fled First Midwest Bank in Griffith, which was stopped by police after being contacted by a bank employee who became suspicious of the check being cash, as the employee had been aware of a similar incident at their Highland branch.
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Two people were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries after a three-vehicle crash this morning in Union Township. Porter County Sheriffs Police Sgt. Larry LaFlower say the collision occurred a little after 7am near the railroad tracks, on County Road 475 West and 375 North, due to a pickup that rear ended a vehicle, which caused it strike another vehicle.
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Today Governor Mike Pence sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, pushing for legislators to bring his proposed federal shield law up for a vote. When Pence served as a US Representative from Indiana, he led multiple efforts to pass the Free Flow of Information Act to let journalists shield confidential sources from disclosure except in certain situations, such as when national security is threatened. Though there is no federal shield law, states have them, and Indiana's is considered one of the broader ones in the country. The Attorney General recently came under fire from both Democrats and Republicans for the department's seizure of reporters phone records, despite the Attorney General's claim that a very serious leak of classified information is involved.
Porter County Sheriff David Lain is asking motorists to avoid Sedley Road (County Road 475 West) near County Road 400 North in Union Township as crews continue to clear the scene of a three-vehicle crash that happened around 7-o'clock this morning. Motorists are advised to avoid Sedley between US 30 and State Road 130. There were injuries, but the extent of those injuries is not known at this time.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says all possible road work restrictions will be lifted beginning around noon on Friday, through early Tuesday morning, to allow drivers a safer and more efficient holiday travel weekend over the Memorial Day period.
Wherever possible, road restrictions will be removed. But some closures and restrictions will remain on larger projects that cannot be safely reopened to traffic for the weekend. Here are restrictions around the Region that will remain in place:
- SR 152 (Indianapolis Blvd), Hammond - Nine Span Bridge closed over the IHB Rail Yard, for bridge replacement
- U.S. 12 (5th Ave), Gary – Lane restrictions in place between 3 miles west of I-65 and 1 mile east of I-65, for road reconstruction
- U.S. 6, Kingsford Heights (just south of LaPorte) – U.S. 6 Bridge closed 2 miles east of the western U.S. 6 junction with U.S. 35 (just north of Meadowbrook Blvd.), for bridge replacement
- SR 55, southwest of Rensselaer – SR 55 Bridge closed between SR 16 and SR 114, for bridge replacement
- I-94, Porter County (near Chesterton) – Lane restrictions in both directions on bridge over Beam Street, just east of U.S. 20 exit, for bridge deck replacement
- I-94, Porter County (near Portage) - Lane restrictions in both directions on bridge 1 mile east of Toll Road ramp, for bridge deck replacement
St. Joseph County
- SR 23, South Bend – Road closed between the Five Points Intersection (Eddy St.) and Twyckenham Dr., for water main construction
- U.S. 20 Bypass, South Bend – Lane restrictions in both directions on the Bypass between the U.S. 20 exit and the Indiana Toll Road exit, for road resurfacing
- SR 933, Mishawaka – SR 933 (Lincolnway) Bridge over Baugo Creek closed between County Line Road (Ash) and Capital Avenue, for bridge replacement
INDOT says stay informed throughout the holiday weekend by liking the INDOT Northwest Facebook page or follow them on Twitter: @INDOTNorthwest
(Photo Courtesy of Gary Mayor's Office)
The Mayor of Gary on Wednesday assembled a host of Gary EMT and Fire Department staff at city hall recognizing EMS Week in the City of Gary. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says, “over the last two-years, the EMS Department has experienced some challenges based on some difficult decisions that had to be made, and never during the time of transition did their focus shift from serving the citizens of Gary. I applaud them for their commitment to this city and I wouldn't want to be in any other place in the time of an emergency.”
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US First District Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced that he will be attending a number of events this Memorial Day weekend in Northwest Indiana to honor the sacrifices of American's fallen heroes and veterans. On Sunday, the Congressman will deliver brief remarks at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. On Monday, Visclosky will speak at memorials in Griffith, Hammond, and in Leory.
Sunday, May 26, 2013:
1:00-1:45 PM: Calumet Cemetery Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky will deliver brief remarks at a Memorial Day program featuring music played by the Merrillville High School Band.
Calumet Park Cemetery
2305 West 73rd Street
Monday, May 27, 2013:
10:00 AM-10:45 AM: Town of Griffith War Memorial Event
Congressman Visclosky will be a guest speaker at an event honoring America’s fallen heroes and veterans in Griffith.
Griffith War Memorial
Broad and Oak Streets
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Hammond Mohawks Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky will speak before an event to commemorate American war heroes in Hammond.
4340 Johnson Avenue
2:30 PM-3:15 AM: Lake County Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky will speak before a gathering sponsored by Lake County Parks at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Leroy.
Stoney Run County Park
142nd Avenue & Union Street
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Hammond Police are reminding the public about the dangers of drinking and driving after a couple of alcohol-related crashes this month, one of which was fatal. Lt. Patrick Vicari says 20 year old Tyler Hill died on May 10th, the day after losing control of his vehicle, due to massive internal injuries, after losing control of his vehicle and spun into the eastbound lane where he was struck by a van, whose driver was charged with driving while intoxicated. Another incident on May 18th, at 165th Street and Madison Avenue , resulted in a Hammond woman suffering non-life threatening but debilitating spinal injuries, after her vehicle was struck by another vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way. Lt. Vicari says in this case, the driver, John Atchley, fled the scene, but was later located and arrested, and that was also a factor in the crash. Lt. Vicari says officers will be out doing enforcement this Memorial Day weekend, and urges residents that if must drink, please do not drive.
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In the hearing, Coats suggested that Congress and the administration need to summon the political will to address our nation’s long-term debt problem, rather than continuing to dependon the Fed’s unprecedented monetary policy, which keeps interest rates artificially low.
“I am starting to hear that the Fed is buying us time so therefore we don’t need to take action right now,” said Coats in the hearing. “Is the Fed being an enabler for an addiction that Congress can’t seem to overcome?”
Click here to watch Coats’ questioning in the JEC hearing.
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