Crews working overnight to clear roads after weather-related accidents

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email

Mishawaka, Ind. The busy U.S. 20 bypass came to a standstill Wednesday afternoon, thanks to slick roads causing at least a dozen accidents.

The westbound lane was backed up from the Elm Road exit in Mishawaka all the way to State Road 19 in Elkhart County.

Street crews throughout the region worked hard overnight to prevent similar problems from happening on Thanksgiving.

INDOT sent half a dozen trucks out to salt and plow the bypass once the congestion was cleared.

And, South Bend road crews are working around-the-clock to make travel easier for those driving.

“At night time, obviously we don’t have as much traffic,” said South Bend Street Department Manager John Pemberton Jr. “So, we can get through pretty much anything much easier than the day shift.”

South Bend’s street department has 25 to 35 trucks on the road. They tackle major streets first, then try to clear as many neighborhoods as possible.

“We’re currently working on those residential areas, hoping to get 90 percent of those done by (Thursday) morning so we can get holiday travel back in order,” Pemberton said.

But, even if a path has been plowed, Pemberton says roads could still be covered in black ice. So, drivers should still slow down.

“Going into a major intersection, allow yourself plenty of time to stop,” he said. “Because, you could potentially slide and cause damage.”

While South Bend’s street department hopes to have most roads clear by Thursday, there will be some people coming in on Thanksgiving to finish up any plowing.

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