With forecasts including the possibility of snow and icy conditions tonight through Wednesday, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) will activate 65 Snow Force drivers beginning this evening to pre-treat roadways. Forecasts include the chance of some snow accumulation regularly expected until Wednesday, and Snow Force leadership will continue to monitor changing weather patterns to adapt the response as necessary.
Over the weekend, Indianapolis saw its first snow of the season. Indy Snow Force drivers have been preparing since early October for this winter weather season with classroom and hands-on training as well as equipment preparation.
Beginning at 11 P.M. this evening, Indy Snow Force will have 65 trucks and more than 100 team members working 12-hour shifts to address the roadways. The Indy Snow Force Viewer Map will be live at this time as well. This map will show where roads along standard routes have been recently plowed or treated with salt.
Motorists are urged to drive with care during wintry conditions, especially on bridge overpasses or locations known to get slippery. Remember to leave home with plenty of time to safely reach your destination, and allow plenty of clearance near other vehicles. DPW also asks motorists to keep these tips in mind when sharing the road with snow trucks.
- Look out for flashing amber lights. These lights alert drivers from far away of plow trucks on the road.
- Give plow trucks plenty of room to treat the roads. Plow trucks release road salt from the back of the truck, and following too closely could result in salt hitting your vehicle.
- Stay at least three car lengths away from plows. Snow clouds thrown by plows can reduce visibility greatly, hiding other vehicles or road hazards.
Residents can stay up to date on Indy Snow Force efforts during winter weather events online at indy.gov/dpw and on Twitter by following @IndySnowForce.