Plow driver: “It’s been ridiculous”

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Plows across the area have been on the front lines in this winter’s tough battle for the roads.  With yet another winter blast hitting overnight, plow drivers (like many others around northeast Indiana) are tired of the never-ending story of snow.

Fort Wayne crews got called in around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday and have been going ever since.  It took much of the day to clear the main roads because of the overnight accumulation.  Plows began clearing residential roads Wednesday evening.

Lawrence Carter has been driving Fort Wayne plow trucks for 16 years and said this winter has been the toughest.  According to the driver, city crews have been working 16 to 18 hours a day, 60 to 80 hours a week.  Carter said he hasn’t had a weekend off since the fall, because leaf pickup ended just as the first big snowfall began.

Crews and city leaders ask for patience as they begin clearing the neighborhoods.

“We will be in the majority of the neighborhoods [Wednesday night].  We will plow through neighborhoods through [Thursday] to finish those,” said Frank Suarez, public information officer with Fort Wayne Public Works.

There’s still a layer of ice under the snow in residential areas.  Because of the high demand of salt, the city will be using a mix of beet juice and sand to melt ice on residential roads.

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