City, county and state departments get ready for snowstorm

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Crews have spent the last few day preparing and planning on how to stay ahead of Tuesday’s snowstorm.

City of Fort Wayne, Indiana Department of Transportation and Allen County Highway Department have been working on fleet maintenance, replenishing salt and sand supplies, and more.

Governor Mike Pence has asked INDOT to be ready for a full call out across the state. INDOT will have more than 800 plow trucks out across the state alternating in 12-hour shifts. Each route takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete. A portion of those INDOT trucks will be used in northeast Indiana.

“We will have 140 trucks,” said Toni Mayo, communications director for INDOT. “Remember, we’re talking about northeast Indiana. And again, that’s in 17 counties.”

Frank Suarez, City of Fort Wayne Public Works spokesperson, said the city plans for snowstorms a year in advance and plans have not changed. Road crews will take care of the main roads first. Suarez said if neighborhood roads get three inches or more, crews will then go into the neighborhoods and plow the streets. The amount of snow could have an impact on how fast crews are able to get road cleared.

“When you get up to 10-12, it will take a lot longer, especially with drifting.” Suarez said. “But if it is six, that isn’t as difficult for the street department to handle.”

City and INDOT crews started treating the roads as soon as it started snowing Tuesday. Drivers will be working 12 hours shifts. County officials tell NewsChannel 15 plow drivers won’t be able to make it out to the county roads until early Wednesday morning due to the different factors of the snowstorm.

“With the winds that high and that much snow, we are not going to be able to get ahead of the storm like we like to,” said Randy Knach with the Allen County Highway Department. “We’ll probably wait until 4 or 5 (a.m.) to get out and get going.”

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