INDIANAPOLIS - With more wintry mess moving into central Indiana, road crews are being proactive, hoping to keep Monday's commute from being as treacherous as the Friday drive home.
The Indiana Department of Transportation sent its drivers onto the highways at noon and will have them working until midnight, when a new shift will replace them.
INDOT covers 30,000 miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes across Indiana. County and city crews tackle the rest.
"Each plow route takes approximately three hours to complete, with sale assisting in melting between passes," INDOT said in a news release.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to make Monday's challenge more difficult to navigate.
"As the storm moves across the state, it is expected to create difficult driving conditions, especially during the evening commute hours," INDOT said, asking motorists to adjust their driving behavior to fit conditions.
Most counties in central Indiana had posted travel advisories as of early Monday afternoon. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security keeps tabs of that here.
The City of Indianapolis was working with Indianapolis Power & Light Company to thaw road salt in a thaw shed to keep streets safer.
IPL and the Department of Public Works were working to thaw a large shipment of salt that arrived by rail from Philadelphia after the salt froze on the way to Indianapolis.
IPL thawed about 1,400 tons in a warming shed at its Harding Street location. The huts are usually used for coal.
As it thaws, the salt is being loaded into trucks and sent to the city’s salt barns.
DPW officials said IPL is allowing them to use the warming huts without any cost to the city.
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