Indy road crews busy keeping streets clear of snow

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Road crews were busy Friday afternoon preparing for another round of snow, while still cleaning up from the first round of snow from overnight.

FOX59 rode along with Indy Snow Force as driver Ron Bowling treated the roads Friday afternoon. Bowling was one of 90 drivers who reported to work at 11 a.m. for a 12-hour shift, as crews focused on plowing and salting the city’s roads and bridges. Another shift of drivers will report tonight at 11 p.m. to deal with the effects of the snow overnight.

“Our second shift did an outstanding job last night,” said Bowling.

According to Indy Snow Force, drivers are using a mixture called “Clear Lane,” a salt treated with magnesium chloride which helps create a barrier between the pavement and snow to deter ice from forming beneath. And Friday’s break in the snow helped give crews the upper hand.

“Our crews worked overnight diligently to remove the snow that we got,” said DPW spokesperson Lesley Gordon. “The lull is really helping give time for our drivers to clear out what’s left of that slush from the morning rush hour.”

“(It) was pretty slick last night around 11 o’clock,” said Bowling. “It was pretty treacherous and everybody was sliding everywhere out here… I was kind of shocked. I didn’t think it was going to come down as hard as it did at that time.”

“I think we did a pretty decent job,” Gordon said. “Roads were mostly cleared with some slick spots, but that’s going to happen, so that’s another reason we want people to be safe on the roads and take their time.”