By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — A large stretch of U.S. 30 in Northwest Indiana will be shut down tonight so that crews can repair damage left by Monday’s storms.
The Indiana Department Of Transportation issued the alert on Wednesday on social media.
Officials say the road will be closed from Indianapolis Boulevard to Interstate 65 so that crews can repair downed power lines and “numerous” traffic signals.
The closures will begin at 10 p.m. tonight.
Officials said they hoped the road would be reopened by 10 a.m. on Thursday, if all the repairs go smoothly.
“Those awful storms on Monday night knocked down several power lines which dropped 70,000 volts on our U.S. 30 traffic signals,” according to INDOT’s Facebook post. “They are fried beyond repair and must be replaced.”
“This is a MAJOR undertaking, and closing the road is the only option since crews will be dragging huge cables across the road all night.”
“Please direct all your anger [in care of] Mother Nature.”
Drivers driving north or southbound will also not be able to cross U.S. 30 at State Road 55 or Taft.
Other intersections may have north/south traffic moving across U.S. 30 at times. But, there’s no way to predict when specifically these other areas may be restricted.
“Your best best is to avoid the area entirely, if you can,” INDOT said.