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Streets are plowed in a systematic manner:
These roads are plowed first because they link the City's police, fire and emergency services. Priority 1 roads are major snow routes and thoroughfares - including roads thousands of commuters and residents depend on every day, especially during rush hour.
Roads in this category are highly traveled, but not as much as primary routes. As a general rule, these routes feed into Primary Snow Routes.
When the City receives more than 6 inches of snow the City will activate private contractors to plow residential streets. Residential Streets are not salted.
Neighborhoods and subdivisions in which homeowners associations (HOA’s) provide snow removal service do not receive additional plowing from the City or City contractors.
At the beginning of each shift, each driver is given specific route assignments.
The driver plows and treats streets within his or her assigned route one at a time.
Every winter storm is different, so Indy Snow Force’s response strategy and the time needed to plow and treat streets will vary depending on specific storm conditions.
Long, uninterrupted snowfalls require streets to be plowed and treated repeatedly until the snow stops. These long, uninterrupted snowfalls that drop more than 4 inches of snow will affect how quickly the Indy Snow Force can clear streets.
Colder temperatures, wind, and cloudy conditions after a storm can lengthen the time it takes to treat and plow streets.
Wet, heavy snow also often increases the time needed to plow and treat streets.
Indy Snow Force drivers are responsible for 6,900 lane miles of roadway, that’s more than the following cities:
Indy Snow Force drivers are responsible for 396 square miles, much more than their counterparts in many other Midwestern cities:
In fact, Indy Snow Force drivers are responsible for a larger area in square miles than their counterparts in many other major U.S. cities:
Plow crews in Indy's suburban communities are sometimes able to clear their streets sooner than Indy because these cities are much smaller. In fact, Indy's 396 square miles are more than double the combined square miles of all the suburban communities listed below:
Indy Snow Force treats roadways with an enhanced deicer. This deicer contains a pre-wetting agent, coloring agent, and a corrosion inhibitor. It is a highly effective at melting snow and ice under most conditions. The deicer remains free-flowing at low temperatures, and adheres to the road surface more effectively than dry salt, minimizing loss of deicer from wind and traffic scatter, providing more efficient deicing.
Indy Snow Force applies salt during and after snowfalls for maximum effectiveness.
Deicing products and salt lose their effectiveness below 20 degrees, especially on lightly traveled
Shovel your sidewalk: Under City Code, property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off sidewalks that abut their properties or are on their properties. This applies to both residences and businesses.
When shoveling your driveway, do not shovel or push snow into the street or onto a sidewalk. City Code prohibits shoveling snow into the street or onto a sidewalk. Pile snow in a yard or another spot away from a sidewalk, driveway or steps.
Apply salt, sand or cat litter to icy steps and paths.
Indy Snow Force personnel have other job responsibilities including, but not limited to the following: