Plow drivers work overnight to clear roads

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2015) - The overnight snowfall kept plow drivers busy in Indianapolis. The Department of Public Works called in 90 drivers to start their shift at 11 p.m. Monday.

DPW is responsible for about 7,000 miles of streets. Crews reported constant snow from about 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. The break in snowfall later in the morning allowed plow drivers to catch up and clear roads before rush hour.

"This was a great event for us to get back into winter drill," said DPW spokesperson Stephanie Wilson. "It's substantial but not overwhelming. This allows our guys to get back out there,, move some real snow, lay some salt and get back into the routine."

The mild December weather allowed DPW to build up the salt supply. The department starts the season with about 18,000 tons of salt and replenishes the supply throughout the winter.

"Our supplies are looking really good right now," Wilson said. "This is one where we really needed salt. It's low temperatures.  We know they  are going going to continue to drop."

Residents have a new tool available this year. The Indy Snow Force viewer provides real-time information regarding the plow routes. People can also sign up for email alerts from Indy Snow Force to get direct information whenever there is a snow event.

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