Snow plows gear up to clear streets

Snow plows will be at work this weekend keeping the roads clear.

All of the departments from the city street departments to county highway and the state department of transportation are gearing up for snowfall from Friday night to Saturday night.

They'll need to be prepared for what could be 24 hours of work.

At INDOT crews have been preparing for this snowfall for the past two days.

Schedules have been adjusted so a full staff can be ready, the equipment has been prepped and the streets have been prepared with a salt mixture.

INDOT, like many other street or highway departments, has their own weather system to prepare for storms.

They use a specialized statewide forecast, a partnership with Purdue and local forecasts.

When the crews are out dispatchers keep an eye on forecasts and listen to what plow drivers are reporting to directs crews to area that need the most clearing.

INDOT spokesperson Matt Dietchley says, “During the actual storm, while crews are on the road, we have dispatch centers watching those ever changing models of the weather forecast and also talking to the guys on the road and seeing what's happening out there. We put all the information together and focus on the areas that need the most work.”

Keep in mind INDOT is responsible for clearing any of the state roads like the by-pass, State Road 2, 4 or 6 but that doesn't include the Toll Road. A private company now handles clear the Indiana Toll Road.

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