Nothing trumpets the beginning of spring in Indiana like six-plus inches of snow, which is what Mother Nature dropped on Hendricks County to begin the work week.
A winter storm cell dropped 6.2 inches of snow on the Indianapolis metropolitan area and had street departments working around the clock to clear streets for motorists who woke up to a thick blanket of snow Monday morning.
“We had all the resources that we needed to deal with it, but it’s kind of late in the season to have this,” said Curt Higginbotham, superintendent of the Hendricks County Highway Department. “We were ready for it.”
Higginbotham said they used 300 tons of mix along the 776 miles of roadway as crews got started at 6 p.m. Sunday and didn’t stop for a full 24 hours.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reported having 607 plow trucks out across the state as pavement temperatures dropped to below freezing, making the morning commute arduous for many Hoosiers.
“We didn’t have many calls regarding hazardous or treacherous conditions,” Higginbotham said. “When I left and went home Monday, some of the roads were even dry and most just wet with isolated areas of snow-covered or slick spots.
“The guys worked long hours. We’re not set up like the city of Indianapolis where they have maybe 90 guys ready to come on 12 hours later. We don’t have those luxuries. We have about 30 guys that come in, have to suck it up, and work.”
Higginbotham said they had about 200 subdivisions that were also plowed out with the help of 82 subcontractors.
Meanwhile, authorities statewide dealt with a host of overnight traffic incidents.
The Indiana State Police (ISP) reported on Monday morning that they had responded to 50 property damage crashes, 16 personal injury accidents, and 43 slide-offs in the Indianapolis District. That includes Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, and Boone counties.