It was just last month Mayor Ballard unveiled a catchy new name for their snow removal plan. Indy Snow Force has become Indy’s Snow Farce as less than two inches of snow led to complete gridlock and an overwhelming amount of accidents.
Norm Cox of WRTV reported the unveiling of new snow equipment and the launch of a catchy new name last month:
INDIANAPOLIS — With snow, ice and other weather maladies sure to come soon, Indianapolis officials on Thursday touted the city’s preparedness in a program called “Indy Snow Force.”Indianapolis spent more than $7 million to upgrade its snowplow fleet, enhancing the snow-fighting effort with 37 new trucks.The trucks replace a batch of vehicles that were falling apart, 6News’ Norman Cox reported.
The Department of Public Works said it had difficulty just keeping enough trucks on the road last winter.The new trucks should be more reliable, will hold more salt and will be 90 percent less polluting than the vehicles they replaced.”Love it or hate it, snow is a part of the Midwest. In Indianapolis, we are committed to removing it efficiently and effectively,” Ballard said. “We’ve made an effort to back up that commitment with Indy Snow Force.”The program comes complete with a Web site that aims to provide information about which streets have been cleared and where plows are working.
But the story is a little different this morning as the city ground to a halt due to a lack of snow removal. Treacherous conditions led to horrible back-ups and major thoroughfares were skating rinks.
Now Channel 6 has a different headline:
Motorists Unhappy With Road Crews In Season’s First Snow
Some Drivers Say State, City Weren’t Prepared
Many motorists were disappointed with the response of road crews in the season’s first accumulating snow, saying not enough was done to keep highways cleared.Snow began falling in much of central Indiana by about 4 a.m. By 6 a.m., travel conditions had deteriorated significantly.
By the time the morning commute got into full swing, dozens of crashes and slide-offs littered interstates and side streets, creating gridlock for people trying to get to work, tripling or quadrupling the normal travel time for many.
There was only about an inch of snow, but many felt road crews with the Indiana Department of Transportation and Indianapolis Department of Public Works should have been more proactive as the snow began falling.”Looks like DPW and INDOT failed the first snow test,” said TheIndyChannel.com commenter “Gw8880.”Others said motorists should give highway workers a break.
“People who live in areas where it snows should find a lot more patience. It is no one’s fault it snows, yet, you do not want to be inconvenienced when it does snow and you are forced to change your drive time, habits,” said “Jamal,” who commented on TheIndyChannel.com. “Leave 10 minutes early, and slow down.”Mayor Greg Ballard is expected to talk to reporters about the city’s snow response before noon.
That nifty survey showed 63% gave the city an “F.” We at ALO think it was too high a grade.