INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – State Highway officials say Tuesday’s icy road conditions were somewhat unexpected.
Emergency responders were busy all throughout the morning commute with scores of accidents across Central Indiana.
INDOT spokesperson Nathan Riggs said the freezing rain that left a glaze on area road surfaces was expected to occur much further south.
There were about a dozen trucks that were held over from the overnight shift. Riggs says that was quickly increased to 40 salt trucks as they began getting calls from area police agencies.
Riggs described freezing rain as being at the top of the list of the worst kind of weather to have to treat. Rain Monday prevented crews from pre-treating the roads with a brine solution.
Riggs said it would have been a waste to put down a liquid solution only to have it washed away by the rain.
The heavy traffic Tuesday was both blessing and curse according to Highway officials. On the one hand you need traffic to help break down the rock salt and help with the treatment process.
The down side, says Riggs, is when there are crashes and backups, the salt trucks can’t move when traffic is at a standstill.
Riggs said some drivers found themselves having to drive backwards up ramps and on the shoulder of the road to get around some of the backups.
Crews were hoping to get some help with slightly higher temperatures as the day progressed.