INDOT Advises Drivers to Stay Off Roads When the Anticipated Severe Weather Strikes

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation are warning drivers of potentially hazardous road conditions lasting Tuesday evening through Thursday evening.

Due to high winds and the challenges that historically low wind chills will present to plow crews in clearing roadways, officials are strongly advising Hoosier motorists to stay off the roads through Thursday, if possible.

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ISP Releases Investigation Information from Fatal Crash Involving School Bus

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Following several hours of investigation, the Indiana State Police have released additional information about the fatal accident involving an Eastern Pulaski Community School bus that occurred on U.S. 31 Wednesday morning. The collision reportedly claimed the life of a teenage boy.

At the time of the crash, the bus was occupied by 38 eighth grade students and three chaperones that were on the way to see a Christmas musical in Warsaw.  Continue reading

Hamlet Council President Urges INDOT to Address Safety Concerns at U.S. 30 Construction Site


Hamlet officials are demanding answers from INDOT, after a U.S. 30 construction project has led to a spike in accidents. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas complained that the town wasn’t told about the work ahead of time. “Legally, technically, U.S. 30 goes through town because that parcel on the northeast side of 30 is our parcel, so 30 goes through,” he explained. “The state didn’t contact us, nor did the contractor, and yet, we’ve had all these series of accidents.”

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INDOT Closes Section of State Road 17 For Chip and Sealing Operations

Starting today, Culver residents and commuters should be prepared for an ongoing road closure on State Road 17.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that State Road 17 in Marshall County will be closed between State Road 8 and State Road 10 as crews perform chip sealing operations. The work will begin today and that section of road is expected to reopen by the end of the day on Friday, June 22. Continue reading

Starke County Highway Superintendent Working on 2018 Community Crossings Application

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler is working on applications for the 2018 Community Crossings program.

He told the Starke County Commissioners last week that the applications may be turned in starting Monday, Aug. 6. The Bridge #154 replacement project will be among the projects included along with several others, according to Ritzler.

“We’re going to do the intersection improvement at Bass Lake County Road 210 and old State Road 10/600 South,” said Ritzler. “We’re going to make that a safer intersection. We’re going to make that a T-intersection and make a continuous loop around the lake. We also won’t allow trucks once that becomes a T-intersection. We’re going to do five miles of hot mix roads. I’m doing a list now. We’re doing traffic counts and accident counts right now. We’ll have that for you next month.”

A fourth project will also be included, although Ritzler said it may be outside of what would be awarded.

“It’s always good to put a few more applications in. We’re putting in a bridge rehab project on Bridge #137. That’s the one on 300 E. in the industrial park. It needs some work so we’re going to include that.”

The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 28.

Ritzler noted that beginning in January, INDOT will award projects twice a year with applications due in January and July.