Road crews busy staying ahead of this weekend’s storm


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The Department of Public works and INDOT is ready to tackle a full roll out plan ahead of this weekend's snowstorm.

"We're going to have our trucks on the ground for 36 hours starting at 12 hour shifts at 11 then to be replaced at 11am then continuing for a day and a half," said DPW spokesman, Benjamin Easley.

Trucks will blanket the city pre-treating the roads and when the snow starts to fall they'll be in full attack mode with 90 trucks.

INDOT also has a plan in place to keep the interstates and other state roads clear.

"We will bring in the full call out of trucks at midnight tonight. Depending on how the forecasts evolves the rest of today we might bring in the drivers a little bit earlier," said INDOT spokesman, Nathan Riggs.

INDOT will assign a driver to their 50 routes in the metro area. They say a weekend storm should make the clean up process easier.

"Coming in on the weekend that is favorable to us. There's less traffic on the weekends typically and so it does help us clear those routes, said Riggs"

But there's something drivers can do to help all road crews get the job done.

"Just making sure they have plenty of space and if they are living in places where this is off street parking and garages make sure they park in those places to let our drivers do what they do best," said Easley.

INDOT says even with a full call out it takes their crews up to 3 hours to complete a route. So with this fast moving system snow will accumulate on the roads. They're asking drivers to stay inside if possible to allow them time to work quickly to clear the roads.

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