Griffith crash severs NIPSCO pole, jams traffic near construction zone

2012-06-20T12:10:00Z 2012-06-21T00:24:04Z Griffith crash severs NIPSCO pole, jams traffic near construction zoneBy Lauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

GRIFFITH | A truck accident Wednesday that severed a NIPSCO pole on Arborgast Street closed the road for hours in an area already compromised by Broad Street construction delays.

Larry Graham, spokesman for NIPSCO, said a truck hit and severed a pole about 5 a.m. Emergency crews in Griffith closed the road for safety reasons. The road was reopened about 4 p.m., police said.

The accident further complicated the already difficult traffic conditions in Griffith, where Broad Street is undergoing a massive repaving project from Main Street to the Canadian National Railway, causing lane closures and delays. A new road surface, gutters and sidewalks are among the items under construction.

Broad Street is the next major north-south street west of Arborgast Street, making detours difficult.

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