The Borman this morning near Burr Street [Image/INDOT camera]
Conditions are still bad on the Borman Expressway today,with snow and ice-pack on the road surfaces and traffic moving along bumper-to-bumper, very slowly, with many areas of stop-and-go traffic. Payloaders were sent to the interstate Tuesday, to assist plows in clearing snow, in relentless lake effect that pounded northern and northwest Lake County for hours. Snowfall rates were estimated at three-inches an hour yesterday. From about Central Avenue in Lake Station, and especially from Broadway in Gary west to Kennedy Avenue in Hammond, traffic was at a standstill Tuesday, with hardest hit areas around Burr Street and Cline Avenue.
The band of snow seemed to have stalled over a 12 mile area of I-80/94, letting up for a short period of time then beginning to snow again in that same area, at times with whiteout conditions. Traffic westbound on I-80/94 for a time yesterday was backed up to Ripley Street in Lake Station.
This is what it looked like between Burr and Grant Streets in Gary Tuesday [Photo/Indiana State Police]
Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post said the ramps from I-80/94 going to Cline Avenue, Burr Street, and Grant Street were nearly impassable Tuesday due to semi’s trying to exit to the truck stops and getting stuck and people abandoning their cars because of the snow on the ramps. Traffic from I-65 north and south bound to get onto I-80/94 westbound yesterday was also backed up, and southbound traffic on I-65 was backed up to 61st Avenue Tuesday.
Indiana State Police urge motorists to stay in your vehicle if you get caught in the kind of situation we saw on the expressways in the lake effect, saying the safest place for you and/or your family is inside your car.