60-mile stretch of I-65 north in Indiana reopens; southbound lan - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports


60-mile stretch of I-65 north in Indiana reopens; southbound lanes remain closed

SEYMOUR, IN (WAVE) - The southbound lanes of Interstate 65 remain closed between Exit 76 for Edinburgh and Taylorsville, Indiana and Exit 16 for Memphis, Indiana due to hazardous driving conditions; however, the 60-mile stretch of I-65 north has reopened, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

In addition, a crash on I-65 involving a double-trailer truck near Jonesville in Bartholomew County was limiting mobility. As of 10:40 a.m., Bartholomew, Jackson and Scott counties have declared travel watches, advising essential travel only.

[SLIDESHOW: Snow day - January 21]

INDOT and Indiana State Police districts in southern Indiana closed portions of I-65 after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning due to numerous crashes and low visibility. INDOT continues to plow and treat I-65 southbound as traffic allows in order to open the highway as soon as possible.

Strong winds have resulted in blowing snow, reduced visibility and colder temperatures. Local INDOT plow crews will manage the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes to preventsnow from blowing across the highway and sticking. With falling temperatures, salt and other melting agents will have to work harder to lower thetemperatures at which the accumulation melts.

INDOT urged drivers to reduce their speed on the snow covered roads and anticipate delays.

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