INDOT, City of South Bend offer travel, other winter weather tips

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

The snow that fell on Saturday morning had a tough time accumulating initially because daytime ground temperatures are still above 50 degrees.

Reports of slide-outs on the U.S. 20 bypass and the Indiana Toll-Road were reported in the late morning hours.

The Indiana Department Of Transportation suggested drivers reconsider optional trips during and shortly after winter precipitation and offered tips for winter driving safety.

During winter storms, plow-truck supervisors update INDOT’s TrafficWise traveler information service with road conditions for interstates, U.S. highways and state roads.

INDOT said drivers can also learn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or dialing 511 from a mobile phone.

 

The City of South Bend has is also prepared for this weekend’s snow, as well as the entire winter season. The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC from the city:

During heavy snowfall events, main arterial streets such as Michigan Street will be plowed first.

Once snowfall stops and the main streets are plowed, the city will move on to smaller and residential streets, according to Eric Horvath, director of public works.

The goal is to clear main arterial streets of ice and snow as soon as possible. Work on these streets begins at the start of a storm and continues until the streets can be safely traversed.

Smaller and residential streets are addressed after major streets are sufficiently clear for traffic to use with normal caution. The Street Department strives to make at least one pass on every

residential street within 36 hours after the snowfall has ended. The City reminds residents of new procedures for snow removal approved by the Common

Council in January 2015. However the ordinance is not applied unless a Residential Snow Removal Condition is declared by the Mayor or the Director of Public Works.

When a residential snow removal condition is declared, residents will be notified via the City’s website, social media, and news outlets that they are to park on the even side of a street (south or east) on even-numbered days and on the odd side (north or west) on odd-numbered days.

All other parking restrictions will be lifted at such times. Residents who are in violation of the parking restrictions when the new ordinance is in effect may receive a $25 fine.

Property owners and residents are also urged to do their best to keep their sidewalks shoveled. It is the responsibility of the owner or occupant of any premises on any city street to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalk within 24 hours after snow or ice has fallen or accumulated. If an owner or occupant fails to comply, the City may remove snow and ice after giving the owner or occupant 24 hours written notice, and the owner or occupant will be responsible for the cost of removal.

Keeping our sidewalks clear of snow and ice is especially important for the safety of children and elders. Clear sidewalks also provide a safe working environment for those who work in neighborhoods, including utility locators, postal workers, newspaper delivery people, and others who provide services to and around our homes.

Neighbors are encouraged to look out for and help each other, as some may be unable to move their snowed-in vehicles or clear their curbs and sidewalks without assistance.

Residents with questions about non-emergency services are encouraged to call 311, South Bend’s resident service line, Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm.