Snow crews pre-treat roads ahead of the snow
With such a heavy snowfall in a short period of time, road conditions are bound to get slick. If you don't have to go anywhere, the best advice is to stay in tonight. But, if you do have to go out, road crews are ready. We went inside Indy Snow Force to look at snow preps that started Saturday morning.
At 11:00am, the second shift for Indy Snow Force headed out. But, not before a full check of the trucks. They've got a list and they're checking it twice to make sure everything is ready to go before they ever drive off.
The work starts before the first flake ever falls. The army of 90 trucks is pre-treating the roads with salt.
"It creates a layer that keeps the ice from forming underneath the snow. So, we lay that salt ahead of time to keep the roads as safe and passable as possible once that snow starts falling," said Cort Thomas, a plow truck driver.
"We're snow fighters. We're one of the few people who look forward to the snow. We like the snow. It pays us--the snow pays us," said Cort.
Thomas has been at this for a long time--more than ten years. He takes snow removal very seriously.
"When it's snowing like that, we're basically just pushing snow. When it stops, we put the salt down. It's kind of a method to how we do it," said Thomas.
Last week's snow and the heavy criticism the city faced is still fresh on their minds. So, as they drop salt, they look at this snow event with optimism.
"I think every snow fight is different and that's how. We treat it and we have strategy meetings every morning during an event where we take a look at the forecast and adjust as it comes," said Stephanie Wilson, Indianapolis Department of Public Works.
"If it snows an inch an hour, we could have 200 trucks and we're not going to be able to handle it," said Thomas.
"We're just out there trying to do our jobs and the criticism doesn't really bother us because we know what we do," he continued.
It's keeping the roads safe for drivers.
INDOT also pre-treated state roads and highways ahead of the snow. Both groups are working alternating 12-hour shifts until the snow event ends.