DPW preps for more snow as budgets shrink

(WISH Photo/Robb Ressler)
(WISH Photo/Robb Ressler)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Department of Public Works crews are out at full force prepping the roads for snow expected Friday.

Ninety drivers are on each 12-hour shift; DPW says crews will rotate until the snow ends this weekend.

All this snow has taken a toll on DPW’s $7.3 million budget.

Between January 1-29, about $6.4 million was spent on salt, labor, overtime and contractors.

Those figures don’t take into account prep work for snow Friday, over the weekend or the week ahead.

DPW did say the shrinking budget won’t affect snow removal.

They work with vendors nationwide to keep supplies in stock.

Also, Mayor Greg Ballard is seeking over $3 million in federal reimbursements.

Right now, DPW says more than 5,000 tons of salt is on hand with new deliveries expected daily; about 500 tons is used for a 1-3 inch snow storm.

As far as next week’s snow, DPW says the forecasts are too far out to nail down a strategy, but drivers could stay at full force through next week.

DPW heard a lot of complaints after the snowstorm in early January.

In response, representatives said they understand peoples’ frustrations.

Employees monitor social media, traditional media and complaints to the Mayor’s Action Center to see what people are saying and what areas of the city need attention.

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