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Indy Snow Force continues to tackle snow and ice-covered roads

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is responding to complaints about snow and ice-covered neighborhood roads.

“In the past, the people in neighborhoods had to sit and wait for it to clear out, so we go in there to do that for them now. It’s not designed to get to the level of the main thoroughfares so people should not expect that,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Indy Snow Force sent contractors to the residential streets three times in the wake of the historic winter storm. They worked 12 hour shifts which cost the city about $1.5 million.

Thursday, the Department of Public Works Communications Director said its own drivers will tackle the serious issues in the neighborhoods along with their regular duties on the main thoroughfares and secondary streets.

“Because there is so much compact snow and ice on the roads right now, we have to do it trip by trip, and they’re shaving off a little ice every time they pass through,” said Stephanie Wilson, DPW Communications Director.

“We were able to analyze very quickly in less than 24 hours that most of those issues were cul-de-sac and dead-end streets, and some contractors, for some reason, did not go down there, so we were able to regroup quickly and go back out there,” said Mayor Ballard.

Wilson also told FOX59 the treated salt really started working on Wednesday when the temperatures increased and the sun came out.

“We are bringing in salt constantly, and we’re laying it down constantly. We’re keeping ahead of the pace,” said Wilson.

“When you look at the cold combined with the snow, this is a tough animal,” said Mayor Ballard.

Anyone with a serious road issue is encouraged to call the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC.