INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 11, 2015) - A team of 90 plow drivers prepared for potentially slick conditions and worked to pretreat roads Sunday night. Indy Snow Force is concerned about wet pavement freezing overnight, especially on bridges and overpasses.
"That's one of the things that's very dangerous about sleet and ice is a road surface can look clear but can in fact be ice covered and be very slick," said Scott Manning with the Indianapolis Department of Public Works.
Indy Snow Force is encouraging drivers to use caution during the Monday morning commute. Plow drivers will be out in full force through 11 a.m. to continue salting and plowing as needed.
The system moved in Sunday night bringing a steady rain. The rain can make it challenging to prepare for freezing conditions because any salt being spread on the roads could get washed away.
"That is a concern, I mean one of the good things the salt that we use is treated with chemicals that help it have a residual effect so it bonds to the roadways and it will stay there for a while but if we continue to get steady rain over a long period of time that will start to wash off," said Manning.
Weather conditions also prompted the Emergency Operations Center to open for Marion County and Indianapolis. Officials are keeping a close eye on the precipitation to watch for any freezing.
Indy Snow Force will reassess the road conditions Monday morning to determine if additional plow drivers will be called in throughout the day.