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INDOT: Bridges and overpasses first to freeze

Published: Jan. 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM CST
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The snowy conditions make for dangerous road conditions, especially on overpasses and bridges.

INDOT tells 14 News bridges and overpasses ice quicker, because the wind whipping below and above overpasses makes the temperature drop on the road.

One high accident area is where I-164, I-64 and State Road 57 meet.

As snow starts covering the roadway, those who drive in it for a living say they become more cautious.

"Slow down, watch out and be a much more defensive driver," says driver Randy Reese.

Reese is a driver for Brake Supply Company located in northern Vanderburgh County near a high accident area, where I-164, I- 64 and State Road 57 meet.

"With all the traffic we have out there and everything we have out there now, there is no where to go, so if you slide out of your lane there is a good chance you are going to have a wreck. So slow down and give people a lot of room give them space," Reese says.

INDOT says they don't consider any road more dangerous than another, but do say that overpasses and bridges become slick quicker because the wind blowing up and around them drops the temperature of the road.

Many drivers 14 News spoke to say they prefer to just avoid the highways all together when there are snowy or icy conditions, but sometimes you can't help but get stuck in the storm.

"I remember one time coming back from West Virginia in our large truck and it started snowing before I got it back into Indiana and 64 was really getting treacherous and there were cars and trucks and everything else all over the road,"  said Brake Supply Co. driver Richard Rumage.

INDOT says when the roads are slick, no matter what the posted speed limit, you should be going slower.

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