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Help is Coming: Indy's snow-covered side roads to see plows after the most recent snow

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 12:32:26-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Snow-covered side streets and residential roadways that haven't been plowed after this week's snowstorm may soon get some attention.

The city announced on Thursday that the Indianapolis Department of Public Works has secured as many as 100 vendor trucks that will mobilize within the next 24 hours as part of the effort to clear streets.

Indianapolis received up to two inches of additional snow accumulation on Thursday after the storm earlier this week that brought up to eight inches to parts of the area.

"This second significant snowfall has demonstrated that our neighborhoods are in need of extra assistance," Mayor Joe Hogsett said. "Neighbors along residential streets need this support to address as much as 10 inches of precipitation — and help is on the way."

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Indy Snow Force crews have focused on major thoroughfares and secondary streets. On Thursday, they started expanding their reach by addressing intersections with side streets along their standard routes, the city said. Indy DPW drivers have been working 12-hour shifts since Sunday evening to address the snow.

According to the city, the new vendor crews have been contracted generally by township. Indianapolis residential streets in Wayne, Lawrence, Pike, Washington, Decatur, and Franklin townships will begin Thursday afternoon. The contractor for Perry, Center, and Warren townships is expected to mobilize as early as Thursday evening.

The city said vendor crews will work to address all public, residential streets not previously plowed as part of the key connector residential street network. Residential streets plowed in the next several days, especially those which are particularly narrow, may only be cleared to a single lane.