Snow Force Facts
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Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Operations Division is responsible for snow and ice control in Marion County.
  • Marion County includes approximately 6,000 lane miles of primary and secondary snow routes.
  • Residential lane miles account for an additional 4,100 lane miles which may be cleared using contractors when snow/ice accumulates more than 6 inches.
  • Clearing ADA ramps and removing snow within the Downtown Mile Square.
  • Plowing and treating the City’s greenways trails, including the Monon Trail.
  • Clearing parking areas and walking paths at Indy Parks properties.

      • 98 snow removal trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders
      • 290 equipment operators, drivers and laborers
      • 12 available Solid Waste trucks may be used to assist with plowing, if needed
      • Capacity to store more than 18,000 tons of salt


      • Salt lowers the freezing point of snow and ice and keeps the snow "workable" so it is more easily removed.
      • Salt can be used for anti-icing, de-icing, or melting
      • When the pavement temperature drops below 15°F the effectiveness of salt is decreased significantly. While salt will melt snow and ice down to a pavement temperature of -6°F, it is more than five times as effective at temperatures ranging from 20°F to 30°F.



      • Private contractors will be activated to plow residential streets when the City receives more than 6 inches of snow. Residential streets are not salted.
      • Primary contractors and subcontractors are responsible for plowing residential streets in each of the City’s nine townships.
      • Contractors are expected to plow all residential streets in an assigned township within 24 hours of being activated.
      • DPW personnel monitor contractor plowing activities to ensure satisfactory completion.
      • Neighborhoods and subdivisions in which homeowners associations (HOA’s) provide snow removal service do not receive additional plowing from the City or City contractors.