Hoosiers, once again, deal with snowy and slippery side streets

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 15, 2014) — As more snow heads closer to us, so does the change to Spring. Main roads are doing well, but Hoosiers who and work on the unplowed neighborhood streets especially are excited about Spring.

“I don’t ever remember it being this bad this long,” said Russell Willingham, a long time worker for the U.S. Postal Service.

Willingham has been on the job 27 years, so to hear him say that, it must be bad. We caught him having to walk through the deep snow near 19th Street and North Kessler Boulevard North Drive Saturday. That’s difficult enough.

“You gotta walk up and down, it’s snow covered, but you wanna get people their mail,” he said.

The folks who live in these neighborhoods may not be snow bound, but they’re tired of the snow.

“It’s very frustrating, the last snow that I had, I didn’t get to go to work one day. And they was pitching a lulu with me about not being able to get out to work,” said resident Mary Forte.

Indianapolis Department of Public Works doesn’t call in the nearly 300 contractors to clean the side streets until there are six inches or more on the ground. Friday, we got a little more five inches, but they are monitoring to see if it is necessary.

“You get used to it,” said Susan Everman.

With more snow coming tonight, DPW and INDOT crews will be out treating and plowing as needed. If enough falls, the city will call in the extra manpower to take care of these side streets. They say at least six inches has to fall in a single storm for them to be called in.