Black ice and an infrastructure repair tied up traffic Monday on the Borman Expressway during the morning rush hour and into the early afternoon, officials said.
Indiana State Police responded to multiple slide-offs and spin-outs because of black ice on Interstates 80/94 and 65.
Cold temperatures likely contributed to the icy conditions, and police requested Indiana Department of Transportation crews respond to salt the highways.
No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said.
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Late Monday morning, officials discovered an expansion joint along the Borman Expressway in Hammond in need of patching, said Matthew Deitchley, spokesman for INDOT's Northwest District.
The issue caused traffic to become backed up, as vehicles slowed down to avoid jarring, police said.
INDOT crews organized a team and briefly shut the expressway down to repair the length of the joint, Deitchley said.
Expansion joints occasionally need patching because of the freeze-thaw cycle, he said. The purpose of expansion joints is to allow the bridge to expand and contract safely, so the bridge structure is not damaged.
Temperatures hovered near zero early Monday and were expected to rise into the teens and low 20s, according to the National Weather Service.
The cold followed nine days of snow, which tied a record for most consecutive days with measurable snow in Chicago. Previous records were set in from Jan. 6 to 14, 2009, and Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, 1902.