INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Department of Public Works says crews will be ready and well equipped for the next round of winter weather.
The department has more than 6,000 tons of salt in storage. Spokesperson Lesley Gordon says that is more than enough to deal with this week’s weather.
Crews are expected to start pre-treating roads prior to the first flakes falling on Tuesday. DPW says big snows, like the one forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday, tend to create “plowing events” for road crews where plows, rather than salt, are needed to clear the roads.
“The snow doesn’t bother our snow force. It was the cold temperatures in the past that really impacted that snow removal. As long as the temperatures hold in the 20′s we will be OK,” Gordon said. “Timing is always a huge impact for our strategies in snow removal. We do anticipate there being some difficulties on the commute home just because that is when it will be snowing.”
Salt supplies for INDOT’s Indianapolis district are down but not out. Spokesperson Nathan Riggs says crews have enough salt to get through the next couple of weeks and new supplies arrive each week.
Like DPW, INDOT says the big concern for now is the timing of the snow. If the snow hits during Tuesday’s evening commute and lasts into Wednesday’s morning commute, clearing roads of snow and ice will be made that much more difficult because of the traffic.
“Watch the forecasts, know what the roadway conditions are before leaving and definitely give yourself extra time to get there safely,” Riggs said.
While the State and Marion County are getting by with salt supplies, that’s not the case for some of the donut counties.
Morgan County appears to be worst off. The highway department says it is out of salt and unsure when they will be re-supplied.
Shelby and Hancock counties both say they are low on salt but expect to be resupplied either Monday or Tuesday.
Hendricks, Boone and Hamilton counties seem to be slightly better off.
Officials say they have enough salt to get through the next few snow events. However, they say re-supplies from salt vendors have been sporadic due to high demand.
The county highway departments say they are stretching their salt supplies by mixing the salt with sand.