Some Indy residents still struggle with icy roads

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis residents struggling with the neighborhood’s icy streets shouldn’t expect more contracted plow drivers to pass their homes anytime soon.

“Contractors signaled that these streets were complete late Saturday night, and that has been the end of the response on our residential streets ever since,” Indy DPW spokesman Ben Easley said.

While many major streets around Indianapolis were clear and dry Tuesday afternoon, many residential streets were blanketed in a layer of packed snow.

“Two to three inches of packed snow that turns to ice when it melts and then freezes again overnight, and it gets dangerous,” said Jacob Comley, director of maintenance at Little Flower Catholic School on the east side. from Indy.

Comley pointed out that the main roads surrounding the school were in very good condition. These included Bosart Avenue, 13th Street, and Wallace Avenue. However, turning off Bosart Avenue on 14th Street meant driving on a layer of ice throughout the surrounding neighborhood.

“It’s so compact and it’s hard to get up,” he said. “Makes it tough on the side streets.”

One block from Little Flower, Mary Bresnihan said driving around her block was always a slow process.

“Still very smooth, so it’s a bit scary if you have a smaller, older vehicle like me,” Bresnihan said. “I’m just going to hope that at least the roads will melt soon.”

It’s your best bet at this point, according to Easley. While DPW’s big city trucks repeatedly plowed and salted the main streets, civilian contractors had to make just one plow pass over the 4,400 miles of residential streets they had been hired to clear.

“They don’t drop salt after they make their one pass, and they just do that one and it would have been over Saturday night,” Easley said. “For all intents and purposes, our response to last week’s weather event is closed.”

Easley said DPW was still getting invoices from contractors to see if any streets in the neighborhood were missed or overshot after the storm.

“Certainly if that pass didn’t happen at all, we would want to hear about it,” Easley said.

There are a number of reasons a neighborhood street hasn’t seen a plow.

“For example, if a contractor wasn’t able to walk down a specific street because it was so narrow and he risked damaging his vehicle, that’s not something he would want to do,” did he declare.

In other cases, Easley said it could come down to a difference in expectations.

“It’s going to be a little difficult to parse what was actually missed by an entrepreneur that maybe didn’t measure up to the satisfaction of the person seeing their street in front of their house,” Easley said.

In the meantime, residents whose streets have been cleared of snow but remain icy are encouraged to drive carefully and slowly until mother nature has finished clearing them.

“The sun came out a bit, there was probably a bit of melting and hopefully that helps too,” Easley said. “But this will be the last of our contractors for this weather event.”

Neighborhoods are also being urged to come together to hire their own private company to salt and clear streets if needed, he said.

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