INDIANAPOLIS – We’ve had a few dry days, but that’s changing soon. The time without falling snow gave the Department of Public Works (DPW) crews a chance to clean up their snow plows and firm up their plans for the next round of wintry weather.
It’s an unfamiliar sight this winter – snowplows parked in a car, clean and shiny.
“This the first real opportunity we’ve had since the first of the year to do some maintenance,” said Scott Manning with the Department of Public Works.
Manning said the break from the snow, though short, is desperately needed.
“Because we’ve had a number of snow fights, that is taxing on our people and our equipment,” he said.
Thursday DPW crews sprayed down trucks and cleaned out any stuck salt. They wash trucks after each shift, but they’ve been so busy keeping them clean is a tall order.
Manning said rubber edges on snowplows wear out fast since they come into contact with pavement. Crews check those along with the hydraulics of each truck.
While some workers stayed in the garage, others hit the streets filling potholes.
“Our crews are constantly out trying to address needs here at those facilities and address those potholes as much as they can,” said Manning.
As much as time is the department’s friend, it’s also their enemy. Another shot of winter weather is right around the corner.
“You can certainly count on my hand at least in my lifetime the number of winters we’ve had that have been this harsh with this much snowfall coupled with this many bouts of sub-zero temperatures,” said Manning.
And if you’re tired of the snow just remember it could always be worse. You could be in Atlanta. At least in Indy, there’s a plan in place for dealing with the precipitation.
“I think one of the benefits to being a midwestern city is that while this winter’s been particularly harsh, we see snow, ice, and cold temperatures on a yearly basis, so it’s not something that’s new to us or certainly foreign,” said Manning.