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Last updated on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
(UNDATED) - State Road 37 at the Morgan Monroe county line is now open but down to one lane in spots.
ISP Sgt. Curt Durnil reports, Indiana State Troopers along with INDOT workers have cleared the stand still of traffic that closed the southbound lane of Ind.37 at the Morgan/Monroe County line.
The road is now open, however all roads, including Ind. 37, Ind. 46 and Ind.45 in the Bloomington District remain snow covered, slick and extremely hazzardous. Some areas are down to one lane and some remain impassable.
The following counties in the Bloomington District have issued a Snow Emergency and have limited travel only for emergencies and public safety personnel; Owen, Monroe, Brown and Morgan.
A Snow Emergency is declared when a major winter storm severely impacts a city or county in the United States. In a snow emergency, schools, universities, government offices and other public buildings may close. Typically, the emergency is declared by the mayor or other high official.
The declaration is usually issued before the storm hits, as drivers may be unable to move or even reach their cars after it has begun. This is not a product issued by the National Weather Service.
The Indiana State Police Bloomington District includes Owen, Monroe, Brown, Morgan, Greene and Lawrence Counties.
Please keep these tips in mind:
• DO NOT CALL county or state police to check on road conditions - police agencies across the state want to keep phone lines open for emergency phone calls.
• For up-to-date weather information the best source is your favorite TV or radio station or check the National Weather Service at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/
• Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts.
• If you must drive during any period of the storm a fully charged and functioning cell phone is your best friend.
• If involved in a crash and no one is injured and the involved vehicles are still drivable, move to a safe area to exchange names, vehicle and license plate information, along with driver license number and insurance agent name and phone number with the other driver.
• During severe weather conditions law enforcement will be busy responding to emergency calls and will not be able to take reports of crashes where there is only damage to property.
• Vehicles left abandoned along interstate and state road right-of-ways are subject to immediate removal during inclement weather events.
AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL BUT IF YOU MUST, USE EXTREME CAUTION
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