INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2015) -- Road crews all over central Indiana are paying close attention to the roads. As the temperatures continue to fall, the snow and slush on the roadways will freeze solid which means there's a real potential for a hazardous drive to work Thursday morning.
Without question this is one of the worst times for a snow event to move through central Indiana. Rush hour: a time when people are trying to get home from work. It meant a different approach by crews from the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW).
"We've really put an emphasis on pre-treating our roadways this time around. Our trucks have been out since 11 a.m. putting a thin layer of salt down," said Scott Manning, spokesman for the DPW.
Once the snow started to fall, additional trucks were lined up as a front end loader took heaping scoops of salt from the West Street barn and loaded them in to the truck's beds. The goal was to get ahead of the storm and prepare for nightfall and falling temperatures.
"It will take a little bit more time to be affective, the salt that we put out overnight, but the salt will work even at very low temperatures, temperatures below zero," Manning said.
State highways and interstates were the focus of a full call out of drivers from the Indiana Department of Transportation. They, too, pre-treated the roads knowing it was going to get very dangerous once the storm was going full-throttle.
"The accumulation that we are melting as it comes down, there's always the potential especially with those rapidly dropping temperatures for refreezing," said Nathan Riggs, spokesperson for INDOT. "All through the night people should be aware that conditions could be slick."
If you think it's bad in Indianapolis, there are places where it's worse yet.
"I got out here and my car's sliding everywhere," said William Boll of Kokomo. "Real slick. I already slid through two stop signs."
Boll suggests staying inside and don't go out if you don't have to. The folks who will be out will be the drivers of state and local salt trucks. After all, we have a morning commute that will commence in a few hours with arctic cold temperatures.