Many streets still very dangerous after snow storm

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 8, 2014) — There are still quite a few roads in Indianapolis that are extremely dangerous thanks to the weekend snow storm.

Folks who have to navigate those streets are not ready to declare victory in this snow storm fight.

“I know I was sliding off the road and everything, so it was pretty bad,” said Katelyn Blankenship of Indianapolis.

Many of the side streets, and several heavily traveled roads, still have several inches, if not more, of what’s become a very greasy snow on them. It is next to impossible to get traction. As Blankenship was trying to turn on to Ninth St. from Alabama, she got stuck.

“With the amount of help that I got, it was pretty quick, but without help, it probably would have taken me about 20 minutes. A lot of people saw us and a lot of people came out and helped,” said Blankenship.

Because the hundreds of Department of Public Works contractors that helped clean these side streets in the wake of the massive storm are now off the clock, the residential roads will only be treated on a case by case basis.

“We continue to get calls to the Mayor’s action center, individuals who have special needs or if there are particularly dangerous areas, we are going back out and sending our smaller one-ton snow plows in to those areas to clean up,” said Stephanie Wilson, Public Information Officer for the Departmet of Public Works.

On the flip side, many of the main streets in the city are improving. Case and point– Market Street in front of the City-County building. A real sign of improvement, making drivers happy.

“Those are the roads that are pretty much bare right now, a little wet. All the way to the ones that are slushy that are in that in-between stage, they’re going to get closer to that bare pavement phase pretty quickly as the temperatures rise,” Wilson said.

“I just hope that they keep on plowing, keep on putting salt down the best that they can,” Blankenship said.

If you do live on one of those snowy side streets, the Mayor’s action wants to hear from you. Their number is (317) 327-4622.